June 19, 2021


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Manner structure and household decor shop, marketing authentic Bethlehem Steel and Mack Trucks pieces, finds new home in Northampton County

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A business offering handcrafted household decor and fashions with a nod to area historical past has discovered a new home in Northampton County.


The steel beam, carrying little batch and a single-of-a-type wares, ornamental parts, attire and components together with genuine historic parts from Bethlehem Metal, Mack Vehicles and more, reopened Dec. 8 in its new house at 4210 Fritch Generate in Bethlehem Township.

The business enterprise, which beforehand operated from November 2013 to January 2020 at 521 Principal St. in downtown Bethlehem, was forced to uncover a new spot immediately after the building’s new owners announced redevelopment plans.

“The new owners of this constructing have huge strategies for this historic space,” shop owner Fay Fitch advised prospects on the business’ Facebook site early previous calendar year. “Unfortunately, they don’t involve us.”

Fitch, a manner designer with much more than 25 years of encounter in the business, opened the steel beam 7 several years ago as a put to locate an now edited choice of designer apparel and accessories for males and females.

At the business’ new storefront, shoppers can shop handcrafted merchandise this sort of as jewellery and clay art made by local artisans as nicely as the steel beam’s have models manufactured in-home.

Its mission of “honoring and celebrating America’s one of a kind industrial history” carries on.

“We incorporate a great deal of substantial area history — Bethlehem Metal, the silk market and so on — into pretty special parts,” Fay stated. “For instance, we’ll take a Mack Vehicles bulldog and switch it into a contact gentle. We do not have replications.”

The business enterprise, which also sells goods on line at thesteelbeam.com, carries unique parts these types of as genuine wood primitives, greeting playing cards with area historic pictures, a Bethlehem Steel Corporation inventory certificate, “Bethlehem United states B” I-beam, Lehigh Valley Railroad locomotive oil can, Mack Vans bulldog hood ornament, vintage silverware flower vases, trench art vases created from Bethlehem Metal artillery casings and classic railroad monitor and spikes turned into bookends, coat racks, hooks, bottle openers and wine racks.

The company also gives private care merchandise this kind of as Himalayan salt soaps and shave bars and custom made wedding ceremony pieces this sort of as rings and boutonnieres.

“At our new site, we also have extra square footage that we’re heading to transform into workshop room for hand-mades,” Fay mentioned. “We have a great deal of place for parking and might also have some courses outside the house.”

The metal beam is open up midday to 6 p.m. Tuesday by means of Saturday and midday to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Mondays are reserved for customized jewelry style and design, alterations and workshops (by appointment only). Shoppers may possibly be ready to shop on particular Mondays, but they ought to phone in advance before halting by. Details: 610-837-6194.

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