I work dangerously close to Shuze - as in, I can hear the UPS truck departing after making a delivery of new goodies at the SouthSide Bethlehem boutique. I love shopping there, because there's always something new and, because of their relationships with local jewelry designers, always has the of-the-minute accessory you didn't know you were looking for.

Shuze owner Jennifer hand-picks every item in the store and can give you the back story on it. She's also effortlessly fashionable herself and has a great eye for style. And like a real friend, Jennifer will give you an honest opinion. I am tres jolie about the new pair of knee-high black leather boots that she suggested and am wearing them any chance I get.

I got a similar vibe at Boutique To Go (522 N. 19th St. Allentown). I was recently exchanging some tickets at the Civic Theatre box office across the street from Boutique To Go, and since I had a few extra minutes, I wandered in and looked around the store. Despite the fact that the other patrons in the store were old enough to be my (very fashionable) grandmother, there were many, many items that are very much "this season," if you follow these things, including:

  • Chainmail and mixed metal, multi-strand bracelets and necklaces
  • "Statement" pendants
  • A huge wall of handbags including jewel-toned totes

The mommies-to-be in my life (Jill, Kim, Kristen, Jessica) should drop some serious hints about this place - it's definitely a baby gift zone. Nothing essential, just fun, designer baby blankets, toys and decor. The prices at Boutique To Go were more than what you'll find at Target, but still not outrageous (and there's a sale going on now).

So for that unique piece for yourself, a one-of-a-kind gift or the satisfaction of supporting a local small business, both Boutique To Go and Shuze should be on your short list.

Have you been to either of them?

This post was written by Lehigh Valley InSite guest blogger Megan Santucci, who also writes the Lehigh Valley Transplant blog.