Hot dogs have been an American tradition for generations, and Michael and Janice Campanella, co-owners of Mike's Kids Doggie Shop in Hellertown, continue to preserve that tradition and the family legacy their father began almost 25 years ago.The Campanellas, brother and sister, took over their father Mike's business at 501 Main Street after his death five years ago. They continue to maintain a family-like atmosphere for their customers.

"We worked side by side with our father at the shop for many years and hope to pass it on to our children someday," said Janice, who helped give the shop a facelift several years ago.

The unique cafe style of Mike's Kids Doggie Shop offers customers their choice of seating. Both children and adults find the retro bar and stool accommodations fun and interactive, while others enjoy the cozy tables, where made-to-order frankfurters are served along with the customer's preferred toppings.

Although hot dogs are a specialty at Mike's, the doggie shop also offers an extensive menu which includes everything from delicious hoagies to burgers to soups to sandwiches, all of which taste just like Grandma used to make.

The lunch crowd isn't the only draw at the doggie shop. Janice notes that longtime employee Gordie Pfeiffer faithfully arrives at the business each morning (except Sundays) at 4 a.m. to open and to prepare breakfast favorites for locals and commuters, some of whom stop in as early as 5 a.m.

In addition to Pfeiffer, the Campanellas rely on a team of friendly employees to help provide lunchtime patrons with the best in customer service.

"Our goal is to maintain the quality of service we've provided since 1984," Janice said.

Mike's Kids Doggie Shop is located at 501 Main Street in Hellertown.

Also, for great food, be sure to stop by Mike's booth at Hellertown-Lower Saucon Community Day on Aug. 16.

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