It's a good thing I don't work in retail. If I did, I'd receive a bill every week instead of a pay check!

When I'm out and about in Lehigh Valley during the course of my week visiting attractions, restaurants and shops, I often spend more than I make in a day. Let's just say I do my fair share of stimulating the economy.

Last week I had the best excuse to shop, Don's birthday! I knew just where to go ... Main Street Commons in Bethlehem. Earlier this summer I spotted a great gift for Don in The Blue Cactus, a frog-shaped table fan. Not the sort of thing he would buy for himself, but perfect to set by his favorite chair in our screen room.

Main Street Commons, with its beautifully restored facade is a gem in Historic Bethlehem. There you can find really eclectic gifts at shops like The Blue Cactus, The Foo Foo Shop, and Girlfriend's Boutique then stop for something to eat at the Bethlehem BrewWorks or Marco's Pizza followed, of course, by ice cream at Heavenly Hedgehog! Another favorite stop for me is the Franklin Hill Vineyard retail store since I don't get up to the winery in Bangor as often as I'd like.

I know there are lots of really cool shops in Lehigh Valley and I've only named a few. I'll leave you with two questions...what are your favorite shops and what do you think of the fan?