Ok, "new" and "antiques" normally aren't used in the same sentence, but I recently discovered Lehigh Valley's newest antique store in historic Bethlehem called Antiques & Gifts on Broad. As the name implies it's on Broad & Main Streets, just across from American Hairlines Salon & Spa and Edge Restaurant.

I have to admit, I could get lost for hours in stores like Weil Antique Center in Allentown or Eagles Nest Antiques on the Square in Easton, but don't let the smaller size of Antiques & Gifts on Broad fool you; it's packed with goodies. I stopped in twice (so far) and already made two purchases!

A lot of the charm Antiques & Gifts holds has to do with the proprietor, Judi Rae. Her wonderful British accent along with her keen sense of style and absolute passion for the items she displays makes you feel like you're visiting a long lost friend when you walk in her shop.

I need to tip you off to a really cool gift idea she offers: You bring in a bottle of your favorite wine, champagne, port, brandy...whatever, and Judi will whip up a truly unique gift basket incorporating antique glassware to match your beverage of choice. I've seen samples and they will be my housewarming gifts from now on.

Well, I've named three great antique stores in the Valley...what are your favorites?