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In dedication, honor and memory of long-time Allentown attorney, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Jay Scherline, the concept of Jay's Local aims to provide Muhlenberg College students, faculty and the entire Lehigh Valley community a comfortable and inviting eatery serving high quality local fare at affordable prices. Jay Scherline was a pioneer in the Lehigh Valley with strong values in community support and was constantly striving to make the Valley a better place. Jay's Local is following in his footsteps in order to showcase these values in the form of a local neighborhood eatery.


With a strong backbone of giving back to the community, The Scherline Family has collaborated with several classes from the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department at Muhlenberg College in order to better understand what the local community desires from our new space on Liberty and 23rd. Research and results from this collaboration has informed us that both the college community and local residents are eager for an off campus neighborhood locale where patrons can meet, study, relax and enjoy high quality fare at a reasonable price. The concept of Jay's Local was created based on the feedback received and the wishes of the student and neighborhood community.


Derived as a result from Covid-19, Jay's Local has expanded its concept in order to support other local small businesses, entrepreneurs, artists, chefs and creators with the addition of pop-up shops, cooking classes, guest chef residencies, kitchen rental programs, workshops, private events, children's programs and collaborations. Our vision continues to evolve each time a need arises that we feel our space can make the Lehigh Valley a better place. Just like Jay did.

The Scherline Family

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