Publication highlights the city’s various attractions, events, and businesses
Easton’s numerous historical, cultural, educational and community offerings have now become even more accessible thanks to photographer, designer, and Easton resident Laini Abraham. She recently designed and published the debut edition of Laini’s Little Pocket Guide to Easton.
“After ten years of living here, photographing here, and trying to explain to others how I could possibly like it here as much as I do,” Abraham explains, “I decided to publish Laini’s Little Pocket Guide to Easton to help communicate how I see my city and my community.”
The publication includes Easton’s various attractions, events, businesses, professional services, organizations, and dining and recreational facilities. With these, it contains explanations of Easton’s history, real estate, maps, directions, and other important information.
Copies of Laini’s Little Pocket Guide to Easton will be distributed this week to incoming students involved in the Landis Community Outreach Center’s Pre-Orientation Service Program. Copies are also available at Shampoo Salon on March Street and Juliana’s Italian Cuisine on Cattell Street. Barnes & Noble and Wegman’s will be carrying them shortly as well as Barn Star Home and the Green Harvest Food Emporium, both of which are located in the Eastonian Condominiums, formerly known as the Hotel Easton.
Abraham grew up in Easton after moving here at the age of four and left to attend Rutgers College in New Jersey where she was born. In 1995, with four years of college and a year of travel under her belt, she came home.
“Honestly, I never intended to stay,” Abraham explains. “But then something happened – I fell in love with the little town nestled between two rivers. I found, among other things, a community of people I also fell in love with. It is the people who are Easton’s greatest asset.”
With a diverse background in photography and design, Abraham is the artistic designer of the Elucidator, a free, quarterly arts and lifestyle magazine out of Easton. She is a prolific Easton photographer and her postcards, made from her photos, are sold in numerous stores throughout the town. Abraham looks forward to opening her own shop near the Eastonian in September, which will carry her postcards, books of her photography, wrapping paper and various other stationary products.
Abraham’s hope for Laini’s Little Pocket Guide to Easton is that it will help other residents, newcomers, and students to truly engage their community.
“I hope you find it useful, enjoyable, and helpful,” Abraham says. “It is my wish that it helps connect you to all the wonderful and whimsical things that make Easton so special.”