First Annual Holiday Gift-Giving Guide!


After much hullabaloo and pitches to friends and friends of friends, Steel City Retro’s First Annual Holiday Gift-Giving Guide has been assembled for your viewing pleasure.

As you know, here at SCR, we love three things: pinup & retro style, saving money, and sharing steals with you, our fabulous readers. The Holiday Gift-Giving Guide has been designed to showcase local small business and artists – that they were within a 45 minute drive from downtown Bethlehem and fairly priced were the only other necessary qualifications! Here, you’ll find a melange of goods and services, from those who’ll walk your dog to those that’ll give you cat eyes & take your pic…and they’re all in your backyard.

Many of the owners sent SCR write-ups themselves (saving the Editor a lot of time…thanks, guys!). These will be in quotation marks. Others were written through information the artists submitted. Please keep in mind: most, if not all, of these businesses have Facebook pages. All you need to do is search for them. Checking in with Facebook pages will help you keep current on where you can find some of these businesses, especially concerning upcoming craft fairs, gallery displays, and tours. Etsy and private links have been provided. Please feel free to message each vendor or our Editor with any questions. We hope you’ll enjoy what you find!

All Gussied Up
139 S. Main St.
Nazareth Pa. 18064

Business Hours:
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday By Appointment Only
Wednesday 10-7
Thursday 4-7
Friday 10-7
Saturday 12-5

“All Gussied Up offers an array of services such as Spray Tanning, Airbrush Makeup, Teeth Whitening and Permanent Makeup. Airbrush makeup is great for parties, date nights, wedding parties, brides, and basically anyone who wants to have a flawless finish last all day long. We also offer the opportunity to have Private Parties (Bachelorette & Birthday parties), and we have schedule Ladies Nights on select days of each month.

We also have a Vintage Inspired Lounge and Boutique. In our boutique, you can find a wide array of products such as Lipsticks from our Ravishing Reds Collection by Mixie Makeup, Besame Makeup Collection…and Good Seeds hand-made scrubs. We offer clothing by Folter, Retrolicious, Chicstar, RockSteady, GlamourBunny, and Voodoo Vixen. We have just begun carrying House of Minerva hand-made goods & accessories. We carry killer diller Aprons from a few different apron makers, and shoes from BACIO 61, Poetic License, and Irregular Choice (to name a few of our popular brands). We only carry a few samples of the shoes in our store so our customers can see quality, size, and fit. However, we have over 50 different styles online.

Our items range in price, too…[from] as low as $2.99 to our most expensive in-store item at $89.99 (before our discounts). There is literally something for everyone – men too! For men, we carry wallets, money clips, flasks, and Hipster Dust, which is a great vegan friendly spice!!”

During the holidays, enjoy 30% off already discounted merchandise.

The Store at the Alternative Gallery
904 W. Hamilton St. Allentown, PA 18101
Holiday hours vary. Please call 610-905-4899 or 610-462-3282 for hours of operation.

“The Alternative Gallery Store offers artwork, hand-crafted jewelry, and merchandise from a variety of Lehigh Valley artists and crafters. Featured work by: Chris P. Jones, Alex Clare LVAC, Rob Riegel, and more.”


Boovabox Handcrafted Bike Boxes
Contact for more info: Paul David, 610-207-8036,
See designs, learn more, and purchase at

“Boovabox was started by Giles Cassie and Paul David, two Kutztown-based designers who wanted to make the world’s first bicycle box cover made out of recycled materials.  They are weatherproof milk crate covers in a variety of styles and colors, designed by local PA-based artists. They add style and functionality to the milk crate frame. Use them on your bike, in the office, dorm room, boat, shop, wherever you need to store or transport cargo. Boovaboxes are made from canvas, nylon, and recycled billboards. All Boovaboxes are handcrafted in Kutztown, PA.”

Boovaboxes are also for sale at Home and Planet on South Side Bethlehem! The display is pictured above.

Buttercup Jewelry

Buttercup Jewelry creator Danielle McLaughlin describes herself as “a crafty night owl.” The Bethlehem resident told SCR: “I started Buttercup Jewelry in 2008 working with repurposed and upcycled materials to create modern and vintage-inspired jewelry, tile pendants, and hair accessories.

I am a huge supporter of everything [related to] Bethlehem and have participated in local events such as Indiemade Craft Market, SAS Black Sunday, Harvest Festival, Veg Fest, and Spring on Fourth!  Over the years I’ve expanded
outside of Bethlehem, doing craft shows across Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey! My jewelry will be showcased at the Baum School of Art as part of their annual Holiday Gallery and Sale  from November 21–December 21,2012.”

Danielle generously made a special discount code for SCR readers! Receive 10% off when you buy from her Etsy shop. Type in  SCR10!

Crinoline Shop
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Crinoline Shop artist Jaime Shively, probably best-known for her sweet-faced tofu & veggie creations, explained her business to SCR: “I have lived in the Lehigh Valley all my life and am currently in Whitehall where I work out of my home craft studio.  I have been making my creations since 2003 when I taught myself to embroider, hand sew and work with felt, and began selling them at local craft shows soon after. I work solely with felt made from recycled plastic bottles – all my pieces are wool-free and vegan! Custom orders are welcome!”

GO! Tattoo Removal
100 Tomahawk Drive, Kutztown, PA 19530
Phone: 484-648-0048

Business Hours:
By appointment only, weekdays, evenings, weekends are all available.

“GO! Tattoo Removal is providing a service that will give options to those who no longer want their tattoos, or those who want them covered up with new artwork.  Our specialty is laser tattoo removal with such a narrow focus, it allows us to strive for the best possible service.  We don’t offer any other typical med-spa type services, and in doing so we’ve excelled at removing tattoos completely, or drastically lightening them so your tattoo artist has a better starting point for a cover up.  Our office is located just 10 minutes west of Allentown and is a professional, yet relaxed atmosphere that you’ll feel comfortable in.

Having a tattoo removed, or lightened so you can have a tattoo artist put new work on you is the primary goal we have, although cost does factor into your decision to start treatments.  Every tattoo and the location of the tattoo is a different situation, and adjustments in pricing may be made at the time of consultation at our discretion (consultations are free). Breaking the trend in laser tattoo removal pricing, GO! Tattoo Removal will not be charging per square inch, or additional costs based on tattoo location.  We do have limits on the overall size per treatment because healing and aftercare are extremely important, this will be covered on a case by case basis during initial consultation.  $250.00 per treatment.

Special:  Through December 31st, 2012 all treatments are $175. If you prepay two or more treatments, each treatment is $150.  If you bring a friend and you both receive treatments, each treatment is $150.  Discounts do not stack.  Up to 10 treatments can be bought in advance. Gift certificates are available.”

Homesweet Homegrown by Robyn Jasko
Copies available at and the following:

“Written by Grow founder Robyn Jasko, and illustrated by Jennifer Biggs, Homesweet Homegrown is a DIY food book that empowers people everywhere to grow their own organic, non-gmo food, whether they live in a high-rise city apartment or an acre in the suburbs. With eight comprehensive sections (Know, Start, Grow, Plant, Plan, Make, Eat, and Store), this 128-page guide takes you through all the steps of gardening, canning, storing, pickling, and freezing your own homegrown food.”

Praise for Homesweet Homegrown:

“The best book for learning the skilled resilience of old-school living in the modern world! Homesweet Homegrown teaches the lost art and science of crafting a hand-made life.”— Alexandra Jamieson, author, Vegan Cooking For Dummies and Living Vegan For Dummies

“Homesweet Homegrown is an extremely helpful handbook that reads like a primer of lessons learned from garden-tending grandparents—insightful, informative, and maybe most importantly, honest. (Not to mention, just reading the recipes toward the back of the book made my mouth water in anticipation of the upcoming harvest.)
With this by your side and a bit of good weather, you’ll be enjoying the fruits of your labor soon enough.” —Alexa Fornoff, Assistant Editor, Readymade Magazine

“Homesweet Homegrown has been featured in several magazines, blogs, and sites, including Handpicked Nation, The Utne Reader, Grist, Organic Gardening, Save the Kales TV Show, The Morning Call, Boulder Weekly, The Huffington Post, Prevention Magazine, Food in Jars, and more. The author, Robyn Jasko, is a local foods activist, community garden starter, and co-founder of Grow Indie, a site promoting sustainable lifestyles, homesteading, eating well, and living local. She also contributes to several national magazines and publications, and is a featured guest blogger for and Organic Gardening Magazine, and a bi-monthly gardening columnist for the Reading Eagle. She lives in Kutztown, PA.”


Muero Apparo

“Since its origin in December of 2006, Muero Apparo has made its goal to create interesting and exciting screen printed and embroidered clothing and accessories for everyone. From scrap paper to screen print, the designs are always focused on bringing out the style of the artist behind them. Each garment is made to be original and not look like the rest of the pack. Each design is printed in as low as 36 shirts but as high as 60 pieces, but is then never printed again – making each shirt limited and unique. Muero Apparo prints mostly on Organic, Recycled and Sustainable Fabrics to make sure the garment itself is as raw and special as the artwork on them.”



You can get involved in helping expand Muero Apparo or purchase by following the links above. Muero Apparo is also sold in the Lehigh Valley at Loose Threads, iMiJ Shop, and Alternative Gallery as wellas Mud and Maker in Pottsville, PA!


Pet-Sitting By April
Serving Bethlehem & Surrounding Areas
Phone: 570-362-0442

Pet-Sitting by April is a pet-sitting service based in the Lehigh Valley for all animals – domestic, exotic, and livestock – and the peace of mind of their owners! Services are rendered in your own home. This is beneficial for a variety of reasons, including sparing your pet the stress of transportation to a noisy kennel, eliminating extra vaccinations required for boarding, and keeping your pet in an environment they know and love. Pet-Sitting by April can tailor any package to your needs! Because dogs are our most frequent clients, here is a basic list of dog services:

Dog-walking, 1 visit (30-45 mins) – $15

Full day of sitting service, 3 visits (45 mins-1 hr each) – $35

Overnight care (Full day of service into the next morning) – $50

About the owner: April Piazza earned her PA board certification as a veterinary technician in 2007. She has worked with critical care patients in a 24/7 ER facility for the past 2 years, making her an excellent choice for sitting for animals in need of special medical attention. In addition to having her vet nursing certification, April’s experience as a zoo keeper with the Philadelphia Zoo gives her the advantage when caring for small animals, exotics, and livestock. Her personal hobby of English and Country riding and time as a beginners’ horsemanship instructor with the Pocono Equestrian Center give her the benefit of loving and being comfortable around your equine friends. All of these experiences make her stand above other sitters in the area. She has offered her services in the Philadelphia, Chester, and Lehigh Counties for the last 5 years. Glowing references available upon request!

Pure Sin

Pure Sin’s artist/owner, Janelle Hamscher, says she’s been a a “creative catastrophe” all her life.  An almost life-long Lehigh Valley resident, she began her Pure Sin business venture in 2009. Janelle told SCR, “Pure Sin was developed from my love of cupcakes and skulls. The geekiness and nerdiness, plus other neat add-ons, worked its way into my collection [later].”

An avid nature-lover, Janelle’s creations are largely earth-friendly. She uses recycled and up-cycled elements in her creations, including bottlecaps, books, Legos, buttons, and electronics, just to name a few. Janelle’s Pure Sin booth can be caught at the upcoming Secret Art Space Indie Craftfair on Dec. 16th.

For free shipping on Etsy orders, use coupon code FREE12!

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UnderWired Vintage Boutique
91 E. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018

Business Hours:
Tuesday through Friday 12-6 PM, and by appointment

UnderWired’s owner, Lisa O’Brien told SCR: “My shop shares a space with Sew On & So Forth, which is owned and operated by Debbie Berkner (tailoring business). I offer vintage items from the early 1900s through the mid 1960s. Prices vary, but there is usually a little something for everyone, price-wise.  I also have a selection of handmade crinolines and petticoats, sewn by local designer Ann Berger, owner of Swank Underpinnings (”

Mention that you read about her in SCR, and Lisa will take 15% off your entire purchase for the winter season, to be used that day or during a future visit!

Untamed Photography: 2013 Hot Rod Pinup Calendar & Holiday Pinup Portrait Sessions
Untamed Photography –
Preview/Purchase the Hot Rod Calendar –

Untamed Photography’s Lynn Montone, a Schwenksville resident, has been modeling for 3 years, and doing hair and makeup for a lot longer! Her photography business, Untamed Photography, has been featured in SCR in its October ’12 issue. Lynn styled April and did her pinup shoot. Since we know first-hand what a great job she does, she was a great candidate for our Guide! Lynn focuses on and has a special love of pinup, but also photographs weddings, engagement sessions, baptisms, parties, and other special events.

Lynn recently unveiled the 2013 calendar she had been working on with hot rods from the Roxborough Ridge Runners Car Club and other models, mainly local ladies. This is available in print at the link above.

Lynn will be offering gift certificates for pinup shoots from her photography page at 30% off for the holidays…$100 value, including hair & makeup, for $70!


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