County Executive Lamont McClure Presents 100 Year Proclamation To Kaplan’s Enterprises
Downtown Business Celebrates Century Manufacturing in Easton
Easton, PA. 2023 marks 100 years in business for Kaplan Awnings. County Executive Lamont McClure will be presenting a proclamation on Monday February 13th at 2pm.
Kaplan’s, in its third generation of family ownership, was founded in 1923 by Morris Kaplan in Easton. The company has been in the West Ward and downtown Easton since 1923. Sid Kaplan, David and Randi’s father, entered the business in the early 1950’s after serving in the Korean War.. Most recently, they were at 100 Northampton St., now The Commodore currently being redeveloped by Garret Vassel and the Optima Durant Group. Their new location at 1298 Spruce Street has a full manufacturing space, storage for off-season awnings, and one of the area’s largest showrooms of awning materials and window treatment options.
Kaplans offers both stationary and retractable fabric awnings, along with the traditional window and porch awnings, In addition to a wide variety of commercial awnings.
The company travels as far north as the Poconos, South to Quakertown, to the West end of Allentown and Warren and Hunterdon Counties in New Jersey.
While custom made awnings are Kaplan’s concentration, interior window treatments such as shades and blinds, flags and decorative banners are also part of their product line.
Kaplan’s is the only shop in Easton that carries a full selection of American made US flags. They also carry the City of Easton flag, as well as a variety of other flags. They have access to almost any kind of flag and can supply custom flags as well.
Kaplan’s is one of the few awning companies that provides the servicing of their customers’ awnings, ie, putting them up in the spring and taking them down in the fall. Repair estimates can be provided upon request.
Kaplan’s business “is not the type of business you go to school for,” said Randi. “It’s something you must be involved in to learn how to do it. It’s very hands-on, which is why there are few awning companies.”
Randi and David grew up in the business, helping out in any way possible. “We learned how to sew on an old pedal sewing machine before using electric ones.”
Some of Kaplan’s clients include Zest Bar & Grille, Lafayette College, Moravian College Book Store, St. Luke’s Hospitals, local Country Clubs, School Districts, Municipalities, and many others.