With both 2019 and the past decade now behind us, it’s time to bid a final farewell to some popular and longtime businesses, stores and restaurants that left the Lehigh Valley this year. Online competition continues to be fierce, forcing some smaller chains and mom-and-pop establishments struggling financially to keep doors open. We found several posting on social media about financial woes and thanking customers for their loyal patronage throughout the years. Other owners said it was simply time to retire after decades-long runs. Hourglass Hallmark, a fixture at Bethlehem’s Westgate Mall since the mid-1970s under multiple owners, reportedly closed its doors sometime in April. Court documents at the time alleged the store owed the mall owner money and/or property. Prior to shutting its doors with a “Thank you 45+ years” sign, the store in March had signs illustrating deep discounts, but stated on its Facebook page it was undergoing “renovations.” A store employee via Facebook message later told LehighValleyLive sales began to decline and operating in the vicinity of the mall’s construction zone surrounded by vacancies made it difficult to attr...