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CORE

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HOME IS WHERE ONE STARTS FROM

CORE

Created and Produced by CORE + CO

CORE IS AN EMERGING COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC FORCE. OUR PLATFORM FOR COMMUNICATING THE MOST REMARKABLE PEOPLE, PRODUCTS AND SERVICES IN OUR COMMUNITY REACHES ACROSS THE MEDIA LANDSCAPE TO SPEAK TO OUR MOST INFLUENTIAL FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. CORE AND ITS PARTNERS ARE DEDICATED TO DEFINING THE AMAZING THINGS THAT REPRESENT GREATER READING. OUR AMAZING JOURNEY HAS ONLY JUST STARTED. JOIN US.

Making it happen: Christin Kelley | Director Heidi Reuter | Photography Kress Schwartz | Project Manager Megan Zettlemoyer | Design Giving extra thanks to: Heather Adams, BCTV Muhlenberg Greene Architects (MGA) – for 30 plus years of snowflake inspiration which led to hosting our photoshoot and throwing our holiday shindig! Cheers!

– TS Eliot

Onward,

We’ve Got It Covered: Snowflake designs by the MGA team featuring Twelve Turtle Doves by Howard Quaintance. Follow along to keep up with all things CORE.

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What’s left to say is this - your home is still here. Your favorite shops and restaurants are still here. The professional services you’ve come to trust and call on as team members are still here. The organizations that bring you joy are still here. Everyone is adjusting, innovating and continuing to serve you in new and exciting ways - never missing a beat. The ingenuity, grit and determination demonstrated over the last few weeks, months (and far into the future) is nothing short of miraculous. And in that spirit we move forward with renewed commitment to supporting the people and places that support us; that make our community feel like home. We hope you find this issue as a place to start: not only a handy guide to interacting with evolving local climate but also as a joyful reminder of friendly faces, favorite meals, exceptional experiences and pretty products that make this place home. Let’s begin, again.

Christin Kelley and the CORE + CO team COPYRIGHT © 2019 | CORE & CO | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


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Now, more than ever, we know it’s so important to not only

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eat well but also to eat local. Our family has been raising grass-fed organic meat for over 20 years on our sustainable family farm on Country Lane. In light of the COVID-19 epidemic, we have adapted a carry-out system to continue to bring us local, fresh and organic meats, produce and pantry items on a weekly basis. The Country Lane pantry is stocked so yours can stay stocked, too. . CURRENT SCHEDULE: Shop with us at the Fairgrounds Farmers Market Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Call in your order at least one hour in advance and have contact-free curbside delivery. When you arrive at the market - curbside pick-up is located at the rear of the market. Park in one of the designated spaces and call the vendor and inform them of the curbside pick-up space number. They will bring your order to you!

WHAT WE MISS MOST ABOUT SEEING YOU: We miss having passionate conversations about the selection of produce and goods, especially in a time when we should make the most reaping benefits from our food. Those conversations can be important cornerstones for people who are making the adjustment to a healthier lifestyle and need a bit of guidance. WHAT OUR FUTURE LOOKS LIKE: Full plates and happy bellies! We will continue to source organic produce from the most trusted farmers and poultry from our family’s 13-acre organic farm. Look forward to the best selection of organic, grass-fed meat along with a full line of organic dairy and cheese, nitrate-free bacon, lunch meats and other organic grocery items that will save you a trip to the supermarket!

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On March 23rd, we opened up shop in our home offices

Open Virtually: 8 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday

and brought the weekly Monday Morning Staff Meeting online. Our Project Planning and Client meetings are still happening, now via Zoom. Plus, our VPN (Virtual Private Network) provides 24-hour access to needed project files from our home offices. Did you know that most architectural projects have a pre-planning mode for about 18 months prior to construction? If an expansion, alteration or new

WHAT WE MISS MOST ABOUT SEEING YOU: We’ve reached our centennial milestone this month, but we’re no longer having a party. Visit us on social media and check out our “100 th Un-Birthday” post from April 30th (the date we were planning to host the big bash). Join our mailing list for updates at MG-Architects.com.

construction project is on your future horizon, now is the

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time to get in touch for a needs assessment.

We are hiring! Join our team of design professionals. We are

BEST WAY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US: While the lights may be off at our Firm, the MG Architects team is still hard at work, answering emails and phone calls, producing drawings and documentation, and “Zooming” our way through Client meetings. Did you know that if you

always looking for talented people in a variety of disciplines, and our firm would like to add experienced project managers and CAD professionals to our team. Visit our website to find out more. We are fortunate to have a series of projects which will continue to move forward during the COVID19 crisis.

leave us a voicemail, it’s automatically turned into an email and sent to our inboxes? Give us a call at 610-376-4927 or email us to let us know how you’re doing and if there’s something we can do to support you during this time.

Thank you and be well - we hope to be celebrating with you one day again in the future! Your 100-year-old friend,

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During these uncertain team we have our team of professionals

Start with a phone call to begin a conversation that will change

working around the clock to provide unparalleled guidance

your life or business. We’re driven to obtain the best possible

as we all begin to navigate this new normal. We understand

outcome, giving of our time and talent to clients old and new.

hardship and unforeseen circumstances more than most. Our

We’re providing webinars on current topics to provide insight

role is to be your advocate through thick and thin.

on the ever-changing legislation that affects you and your

CURRENT SCHEDULE: Our entire team has been up and running since day one of the crisis to ensure we never miss a beat supporting you. We’re

business. Visit our website to access a special Covid - 19 section as well as a list of blog archives that may be helpful resources during and as we move through this pandemic.

here virtually, just give us a call to set up a meeting and we’ll

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take it from there.

Trust that the KSA legal team has developed a clear vision to

WHAT WE MISS MOST ABOUT SEEING YOU: Naturally, we miss meeting in-person to discuss your questions and provide seamless solutions. Our team takes the time to talk with you and understand your vision – and, for the time being – the KSA team has adapted to continue to do so, virtually and by phone.

assist our current and future clients through the ever-changing economic times. Through its predecessor law firms, KSA has been providing legal services to clients in Berks and surrounding counties for 70 years. Our decades-old devotion to justice is a priority now more than ever. When you need professional advice and guidance, KSA will be here.

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Adelphia Seafood knows that helping communities live

Our three locations – in West Lawn, the Fairgrounds

healthy lives is rooted in its beginnings as a small, family-

Farmers Market and Shillington Farmers Market – are open

owned seafood company. That’s why we are here to help you

as we all take necessary precautions. Visit our website to

bring the freshest selection to your dinner table. Let us help

place an order and to see what’s fresh, what’s for dinner and

you shop for seafood like a pro. As your local destination

what’s in our net! If you have any questions, we’re ready to

for the freshest seafood finds, it’s all hands-on deck to stay

help by phone, too. WHAT WE MISS MOST ABOUT SEEING YOU:

Plan to pick-up fresh seafood curbside at any of the retail

We are SO fortunate to be able to see and keep our customers

locations. Surf our social media pages for weekly specials,

healthy. We miss getting hooked on great conversation with

recipes, cooking videos and the catch of the day. We have

our local restaurants that source fresh seafood from our

plenty of recipes on our website to get inspired!

wholesale service. Let us know how you like one of the

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recipes on our website by sharing.

We are OPEN and our hours remain the same. Online

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shopping is available, and orders may be placed for curb-

Adelphia Seafood’s quality, service and selection for the

side pick-up.

freshest local seafood, bread, frozen and freshly made

West Lawn Location Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Fairground Farmers Market Location Thursday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm Friday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Let us handle dinner tonight. While we are waiting to

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serve you a fantastic meal and beverage combination

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at Canal Street Pub & Restaurant, we are happy to offer

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featured menu items to-go. For now, the best way to make a

Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

“reservation” with us is to let us prepare your favorite meal

Phone 610.373.7555

to go with our own version of drive-up delivery – or better

The Butler’s Pantry Facebook for menus and messages

yet, gift it to someone who deserves a great dinner and send a Canal Street gift card! If you prefer to be in the kitchen, let us help you stock your pantry with the best choices to share with your family, friends and neighbors. The Butler’s Pantry at Shillington Market features specialty salads, entrées and more great treats to add some extra oomph to your meals. BEST WAY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US: Stay engaged with us on Canal Street Facebook page where we have featured favorites, daily specials, beer menu updates.

WHAT WE MISS MOST ABOUT SEEING YOU: We miss serving our amazing loyal and even new customers who have shown us so much support during these uncertain times. We appreciate you and miss catching up at Canal Street Pub. WHAT OUR FUTURE LOOKS LIKE: The future requires food for all moods, and that’s just what we do. Canal Street will continue to be here for your takeout and beer needs. So for now, come on by to build your own six-pack, bring a picnic basket for your carry-out and go

To shop The Butler’s Pantry, visit its Facebook page for

enjoy the sunshine. And, if you’re dining at home, count on

weekly updates and call for curbside pick-up or delivery.

the butler to have you covered.

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Your favorite seat is ready.

Canal Street Pub is offering curbside pickup for food and beer. Check online menu and order by phone (610-3764009). All you need to do is call your order to Canal Street. We will process your payment over the phone and bring your order out to your car when you arrive. See the selection for growlers, bottles and cans on our Untappd page. CANAL STREET PUB Thursday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm Friday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Canal Street Facebook for menus and messages


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NAI Keystone is fully operational and is helping individuals

The easiest thing to do is give us a call – or shoot us an

and businesses buy, sell and lease commercial space.

email or DM through our social profiles. We can work with

Clients can now legally visit properties in person – but we also have other ways of showing off the spaces. Our website custom presentations. We are happy to accommodate your level of comfort at your convenience and when you’re ready to see things in person, we’ll make it happen. CURRENT SCHEDULE: We can be reached by phone or email most waking hours of the day. Often the need for more space – or different space – doesn’t occur at a convenient time for you. So we’re prepared to be there whenever you may need us.

WHAT WE MISS MOST ABOUT SEEING YOU: We’ve seen many of our clients virtually over the last few weeks, but we look forward to seeing their smiles in person as soon as that’s possible. WHAT OUR FUTURE LOOKS LIKE: We’re all doing things a little differently. While it is new, it’s not normal. We’re working right now to develop solutions for what businesses, healthcare providers and other organizations will need when world adjusts.

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Bra fittings in our spacious, cozy dressing rooms! Two

ready for pick-up. Robin’s constant curation of lingerie,

extremely important factors in bras are comfort and fit. If

swimwear, sleepwear and more are featured on LiliBea’s

you are a new shopper, Robin can discuss options in a virtual

social media pages upon arrival. Scroll the LiliBea’s gallery

shopping experience from her historic brownstone location.

to find what catches your eye and continue to count on

We’ll miss seeing how confident you are in your new digs!

Robin’s personalized attention to help with the size and style you need to feel best.

WHAT OUR FUTURE LOOKS LIKE: LiliBea’s is stocked with collections that you’ll want to have

Consider sending a comforting gift to a nurse on the front

to curate your own personal style – even if it’s to look classy

lines so she can sleep better. LiliBea’s is participating in

and feel comfy during Zoom meetings! Shopping continues

a grassroots movement called The Comfort Project that

online and a perfect fit awaits.

provides comfort packages to hospital staff. As the ultimate destination for comfort, and just blocks away from Tower Health, LiliBea’s Comfort Project sends a gift (with thank you note) and delivers to a nurse that needs a cozy night’s rest. CURRENT SCHEDULE: Open virtually, Monday – Saturday. Hours may vary. BEST WAY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US: Stay connected with LiliBea’s on social media to view new arrivals. Call or send a message to shop swimwear, bras and all of LiliBea’s intimate offerings. Visit LiliBea’s website to shop listings directly from the shop. Door side pick-up and shipping is available as well as socially distant window shopping.

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Visit the ROG website, a portal to our fantastic team and

We miss those fantastic smiles and the honor of serving our

service, at your fingertips. Whether you need to set up a

community! We are grateful to work with every patient,

virtual smile assessment, call with questions about treatment

parent and member of the ROG family and changing lives,

or to begin the journey to your perfect smile, count on the

one smile at a time.

ROG orthodontics’ people, service and reputation to see you through. Thankfully, technology allows us to help monitor your treatment progress. Check out the video of Dr. Nat on Facebook for tips on how to take a photo of your smile!

Building a community of smiles has always been our priority. We continue to help those of all ages on their journey to their fantastic smile, and we are treating more adult patients than ever before. So, as far as we can see, it’s smiles for miles.

Texting the office landline is the best way to get a hold of us. The ROG team is closely monitoring texts so you can send us any orthodontic questions regarding treatments and appointments. Our website is also a virtual portal to the ROG office. CURRENT SCHEDULE: Since orthodontic treatment is on-going and needs to be monitored, ROG offices are open with limited patient availability. Text to request an appointment!

Get your smile on!

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Let Monika create a fantastic floral arrangement for your

We miss celebrating the big events with you – the ones that

home or have an extraordinary arrangement delivered to

Monika lovingly creates decorative pieces like corsages and

someone you love. With access to fresh luxury florals and

prom boutonnières; wedding flowers and bridal bouquets

deep-seeded love for flowers, Buttonwood Blooms will elevate

that will be remembered forever. Monika truly enjoys walking

the beauty of any surroundings and bring beauty to anyone’s

couples through the process of choosing the most beautiful

quarantine scene.

and meaningful flowers for their wedding day and then

Spread the beauty outdoors and let Monika take the creative

skillfully creating stunningly unique floral arrangements.

reigns on a floral scape for your home, business or office. Why

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not reinvent your space with seasonal outdoor planters for summer or “welcome back” custom flower delivery to your team as a thank you.

Although COVID-19 affected many plans for spring 2020, life is full of special events and wonderful celebrations that Buttonwood Blooms can help to make memorable. Trust that Monika’s always on the lookout for the next best variety in

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blooms and looks forward to creating a floral scape for many of your special occasions to come.

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Our commitment to safety continues by providing a wide

Give us a call or visit our website to get started. We are

variety of signs to help keep the public informed of your

operating safely as needed at the studio, so that we can

business or organization’s hours and available services.

help you get back to your workspace, too. Studio Hours By

Partner up with SpeedPro to visually communicate in a

Appointment.

to make your business environment better by helping you visually communicate protocol, practical informational and promotional messaging. As our new world is taking shape, count on the SpeedPro team to design and deliver a fantastic finished product. BEST WAY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US: Normally, we’d love for you to stop in to say hi with any materials or ideas that you have. For now, please visit our website to request a consultation, quote or to upload files directly. We’re also happy to discuss projects or questions by phone. There’s no job too large or too small for SpeedPro

WHAT WE MISS MOST ABOUT SEEING YOU: In most cases, we are used to working comprehensively with our clients, as an extension of their marketing team. We are fortunate to be able to continue a close virtual relationship during a time that matters most. Typically, we work together in a very collaborative manner and our client’s satisfaction is our top priority – that doesn’t change! WHAT OUR FUTURE LOOKS LIKE: Great big graphics to help you customize solutions. We consider ourselves experts in visual communication and will help you find the right solutions for your graphics needs.

to take on, and you’ll have the chance to review an estimate before beginning.

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In times like these, everyone turns to music, so we invite all

Notify us at info@berksyouthchorus.org if you have a child

young people who like to sing to join Berks Youth Chorus.

who is interested in joining the Berks Youth Chorus. Please

BYC remains in touch with young singers and musicians

follow BYC on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date

by hosting Home Studio Creative Sessions – free virtual

with all that is happening at Berks Youth Chorus. Considering

workshops for grades 3-12 who will learn cool techniques

a contribution? Visit www.berksyouthchorus.org/support/

from industry pros. BYC is now accepting new members for

contribution.

our 2020-2021 season.

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In spite of social distancing, we recently launched on

With deepest concerns for the safety and welfare of the

social media: a virtual choir video of BYC signature song,

community, we’ve had to cancel our Spring Concert and

“Blessing,” by composer Katie Moran Bart. The video is

Summer Sing for 2020. We miss seeing and singing with the

dedicated to the memory of our founder, Donald Hinkle,

kids and our volunteers that ensure the continued growth and

who died on April 3, 2020.

success of the Chorus.

Since 1992, the young musicians of the Berks Youth Chorus

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have delighted audiences with their superb artistry and joyful

Audiences enjoy the wonder of live performances given joyfully

enthusiasm. An immediate donation will ensure that Berks

and enthusiastically with innocence and the spontaneity of

Youth Chorus can continue to serve the youth of Berks

youth. We are developing new, innovative virtual programs

County during these turbulent times.

for their learning, exploration, and performance now and in the days ahead.

CURRENT SCHEDULE: BYC offices are closed to the public, but we are still available to serve you, virtually. You’ll find our headquarters and rehearsals held in Reading’s geographically accessible GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. Stay tuned for when BYC reopens!

Thank you for your ongoing support! AFFILIATE ORGANIZATION


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The Stay-At-Home Order extended by Governor Tom

All of us in Berks County have entered into a period that

Wolf directly resulted in the cancellation of the final two

no arts organization could ever possibly plan for – canceled

concerts of our 2019-2020 season. If you are holding

performances and empty houses. We miss making music

tickets for a Reading Symphony Orchestra concert or any

for our audiences and travelling with the RSYO (Reading

other local arts event that has been canceled due to current

Symphony Youth Orchestra)!

hardships caused by the health emergency, we politely ask you to consider taking a ticket credit or donating the cost of your purchase back to the organization in question. on the future of that organization, including the Reading Symphony Orchestra. Consider a spectacular show of support and become a season ticket holder, you’ll have a front row seat to a classic Reading tradition.

RSO’s mission is to provide beautiful music to the greater Reading area. Soon, once more, RSO will be again providing the classical music that will takes your breath away and lift spirits to new heights. Stay tuned for details . . . music will be back! We are doing everything we can to make our future concerts occasions the city of Reading would be proud to witness. It is thanks to your continued support that the RSO

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is able to keep the love of classical music alive amongst the

Contact the RSO by phone or visit www.readingsymphony.org.

next generation of musicians.

CURRENT SCHEDULE: Your Reading Symphony Orchestra is working diligently, virtually, on the plan to bring music back to this supportive community for next season.

Looking forward to playing for you again soon!

AFFILIATE ORGANIZATION

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As a hidden jewel of Reading’s cultural life, The Friends of

610.698.8465 or 610.781.6446;

Chamber Music of Reading seeks to foster chamber music

shari@chambermusicreading.org

of the highest caliber. An important aspect of the mission of FOCM is to bring our artists into the schools of Berks County to educate and inspire the rising generation of musicians and music lovers, realizing this may be a student’s only exposure to classical music. Friends of Chamber Music celebrated its 66th season with

Join us for a Watch Party on Facebook or check our page for virtual concerts. The Friends know how much you’re missing wonderful live chamber music during our collective quarantine, and perhaps you’re feeling particularly deprived of Beethoven during this 250th anniversary year.

unprecedented concert cancellations due to COVID-19.

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With a hope to provide transcendence to audiences at

We miss sharing exquisite chamber music with our friends,

three concerts this spring, FOCM’s season ended early,

especially at our brunch events on Sundays at Reading’s

with concerts and events cancelled out of concern for the

gorgeous historic Stirling Guest Hotel. It is our way of

musicians, community, and our beloved audience members.

remembering and reliving the gifts of great music which

It was a decision faced with considerable regret and decided

Reading’s own Patroness of the Arts, Gertrude Sternbergh,

in the best light of health and safety for all.

shared throughout the years.

Consider supporting our artists in this uncertain time.

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Friends of Chamber Music welcome continued donations in support of our mission to present world class chamber music to the community. We are proud to report that we were able to reimburse all musicians for the season at the promised rate. CURRENT SCHEDULE: We are working as needed, virtually!

AFFILIATE ORGANIZATION

It is the joy of the Friends of Chamber Music of Reading to offer a haven for musical artistry that lifts us beyond the cares of our daily lives. We hope to have a full season of concerts in 2020-2021 in the beautiful WCR Center for the Arts.

Stay Well!


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Chrissy’s creativity of drawing dreams into reality continues

Open virtually, Tuesday through Saturday. Hours may vary.

beyond her brick and mortar boutique. Jewelry repair and custom design services are available virtually and all work is done securely in-house. Ready to collaborate on an existing piece of art or looking to start from scratch? Collaborate with Chrissy and see what is made!

We are still your destination for artisan, hand-crafted creations for the uncommonly fashionable folks on your list! Stay tuned to our social media pages for updates and send us a message when you are ready to begin a dream jewelry project. We have exciting collections planned for summer.

MADE Jewelry is just a message away with lots of options to connect with Chrissy – via phone, email and social media messaging. In addition, Chrissy is using video conferencing to custom-design jewelry – and will even offer you a virtual walk through the physical store. WHAT WE MISS MOST ABOUT SEEING YOU: We miss seeing our best friends, so we created the From Afar Collection to help you keep close (in style) while physically apart. Choose a simple design of handcrafted sterling silver, made to wear every day that is created and mailed with love to both you and your friend. We also love all of the stories shared on social media!

XOXO

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Keep philanthropy at the core of the community by

Visit the staff page on the BCCF website to get in touch

supporting the many charitable funds and scholarship funds

about strategic planning, investment policies, community

managed by the Berks County Community Foundation.

and institutional partnerships, general grant questions or

Since the COVID-19 crisis crested, the most popular

topics surrounding improving the quality of life in Berks.

question has been: “Where is the most need in our community?” The team at BCCF has been in touch with hundreds of

CURRENT SCHEDULE: We are working with you, virtually!

charitable organizations to assess local conditions. Some of

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our social service agencies, particularly those that address

We are committed to making a difference in the lives of

hunger, are struggling to meet a huge demand for food and

Berks County residents, which includes helping one another

volunteers. We awarded $307,800 in grants to dozens of

through this time of crisis. Give where you live.

local nonprofits to help them through this crisis, $34,700 in grants to support K9 units in the region, and a $26,200 grant to Opportunity House to renovate a loading dock into a food pantry to distribute food to those in need. BCCF is still here at work to improve the quality of life for the residents of Berks County. As we battle the effects of a global pandemic, we work hard so that our local resources aren’t strained. Support charities that contribute so much to our community. Now more than ever, nonprofits need you! WHAT WE MISS MOST ABOUT SEEING YOU: Collaborating in person! Stay in touch on our social media pages to remain connected to resources and opportunities in our community.

Take care and be safe!


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On May 8th, Berkshire Country Club celebrated a safe

Email JamieS@berkshirecountryclub.org for anything you

reopening of golf in Pennsylvania. While not everything at

need or to join our proud legacy at the Berkshire.

the BCC is in full swing, yet - why not enjoy a round on this pristine course and let BCC send you home with a meal to– Saturday 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Call the Clubhouse to reserve a tee time! WHAT WE MISS MOST ABOUT SEEING YOU: We miss keeping busy with the good things in life: our family-focused events, golfing a round then relaxing by the pool, catering to colleagues meeting at the club for drinks. The staff and members of the Berkshire are the extended being able to engage with them in person. For this reason, we’ve gone Live on Facebook daily at 2 p.m. Monday –

The Clubhouse will remain closed until we enter the green phase or otherwise hear from Gov. Wolf. WHAT OUR FUTURE LOOKS LIKE: Filled to the brim. The Berkshire Country Club experience is one of unforgettable anticipation – now more than ever! Safety is our number one concern, so we are making the Club a safe, comfortable atmosphere for our staff and members to return to. Count on BCC to deliver on excellence at their breathtaking campus.

Friday with a demo, whether it be cooking, crafting, golfing, wine/cocktail making.

Catch you on the course!

| 610.374.8244 | BERKSHIRECOUNTRYCLUB.ORG

family we miss the most, as the biggest adjustment is not

We are open for member golf Tuesday – Sunday. 1637 BERNVILLE ROAD

go? Grocery and protein items are offered to go Wednesday

CURRENT SCHEDULE:


4 NORTH SECOND STREET | 610.607.6205 | MILLERCENTER.RACC.EDU

BEST WAY TO WORK WITH OR SUPPORT US NOW: Although the doors are closed and shows are temporarily suspended, the staff at the Miller Center is using this time to reach out and thank our members, patrons, donors and volunteers. Please show your support by visiting our Facebook page and website and to connect, communicate and celebrate our successes. The safety and health of our audiences, artists and theatre staff remains our highest priority. CURRENT SCHEDULE Box office hours are temporarily suspended with no walk-up service until further notice. Stay connected with social media for announcements! BEST WAY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US: Send us an email at millercenter@racc.edu WHAT WE MISS MOST ABOUT SEEING YOU: For the first time in history, the Miller Center for the Arts has had to temporarily suspend shows. We miss the insightful conversations and positive energy generated between artists and patrons! WHAT WE WANT MORE OF FOR THE FUTURE: We are busily creating new operating procedures designed to keep our patrons, artists, staff and volunteers safe. Visit our website to check out all the dynamic artists we have lined up for 2020-2021. Stay tuned!

Stay safe and good health to all.


BEST WAY TO WORK WITH OR SUPPORT US NOW:

BEST WAY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US:

For 85 years, the Yocum Institute for Arts Education has

info@YocumInstitute.org

served as a cultural anchor in and beyond Berks County, PA. With countless off-site programs in schools, libraries, and more, our in-house operations and outreach in the community grow each year.

CURRENT SCHEDULE: We will be opening for summer camps and classes in late June. Until then please contact us at info@YocumInstitute.org. WHAT WE MISS MOST ABOUT SEEING YOU:

support we have received during this difficult time. Thank

We miss providing the safe, friendly, vibrant community-

you to our amazing community! It is deeply fulfilling to

centered space you have come to know and love, and feeling

know that the Yocum Institute has had such a positive effect

the constant energy of our students who filled the studios.

on so many in our community. Please show your support by following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. There we will continue to engage with our students and community members, staying true to our mission to connect and enrich our community through arts education, creative performance, and innovative programs. We are hopefully to continue onsite classes late June. Visit our website at www.YocumInstitute. org for updates on summer camps and classes.

WHAT OUR FUTURE LOOKS LIKE: We are currently finalizing new operating procedures to ensure our classroom and studios spaces are a safe and sanitary space for all who enter. We plan to reopen our building in June for some amazing summer camps and classes. Please continue to support the arts and other local non-profits in our community! Stay safe!

Donations can be made at www.YocumInstitute.org and click on Donate.

Thank you for supporting education in and through the arts.

3000 PENN AVENUE | 610.376.1576 | YOCUMINSTITUTE.ORG

We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the kindness and


600 PENN AVENUE | 610.406.5390 | SAYCHEESE-RESTAURANT.COM

BEST WAY TO WORK WITH OR SUPPORT US NOW: Leave Say Cheese Restaurant a review to let us know how much you miss us! Stay tuned to our social media accounts for opening dates and dining guidelines. CURRENT SCHEDULE While the restaurant, dining room and cheese marketplace are currently closed, we are engineering an addition to our marketplace that will adjoin and extend into 602 Penn Avenue. BEST WAY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US: At this time, we are not accepting orders for takeout or catering. Say hello by sending us a on social media or grab a gift card so you’re ready to go once we reopen! WHAT WE MISS MOST ABOUT SEEING YOU: We crave serving up our favorite lunch combos, made-from-scratch desserts and signature Sunday brunch specials to you. WHAT WE WANT MORE OF FOR THE FUTURE: Once permitted to reopen, we look forward to dining al fresco on our landmark corner destination at 6th and Penn Avenues, in the heart of West Reading. We look forward to preparing our next seasonal menu and craft cocktail specials to celebrate reopening!

The cheese monger misses you all!


WHAT WE WANT MORE OF FOR THE FUTURE:

We know music has been a comfort to so many during these

Support live music in Berks County – whether that means

times. Even though live music isn’t an option right now, you

Canal Street on a Friday night, the Reading Symphony on

can always support working musicians by purchasing their

a Saturday, or a festival in West Reading – come out in full

music, or support area venues by purchasing tickets or gift

force once it is safe to do so. If you’re new to the music scene,

card for future concerts. Many students are still fortunate to

get a sneak peak of Berks County talent at the FB group –

keep up with weekly music lessons, thanks to virtual platforms.

Berks County Quarantine Open Mic, or if you already have

If you’re in a position to help deserving young musicians,

your favorites, chances are you’ll see them here too!

RMF always accepts gifts to our scholarship program. Gifts can be made at www.readingmusicalfoundation.org BEST WAY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US: Our offices are closed to the public, but you can always reach us by calling (610) 376-3395 or emailing Keri Shultz at kshultz@readingmusicalfoundation.org WHAT WE MISS MOST ABOUT SEEING YOU: There’s something magical when young people learn how to play an instrument or sing in a chorus. We miss making music with our friends, and our heart breaks for so many students who missed end-of-year concerts and other special musician milestones.

Keep on playing!

201 WASHINGTON STREET, SUITE 503 | 610.376.3395 | READINGMUSICALFOUNDATION.ORG

BEST WAY TO WORK WITH OR SUPPORT US NOW:


15200 KUTZTOWN RD, KUTZTOWN | 610.683.4092 | KUPRESENTS.ORG

BEST WAY TO WORK WITH OR SUPPORT US NOW:

CURRENT SCHEDULE

It’s many thanks to the support of loyal subscribers, generous

Stay with us on social media or check our website for a call

donors, and amazing sponsors that KU Presents! is able to

time to the stage! Our 2020-2021 season –will be announced

bring world-class performing arts to the historic Schaeffer

soon!

Auditorium on the Kutztown University campus. Not only

WHAT WE MISS MOST ABOUT SEEING YOU:

is its mission to be the cultural center for the University, but

We miss feeding off of the artistic energy that is typically

to provide performances that entertain, educate and engage

alive throughout the campus and our creative pre-show

the regional community. Consider supporting the mission

gatherings that enrich our performance schedule.

of KU Presents!

WHAT WE WANT MORE OF FOR THE FUTURE:

BEST WAY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US:

Though it was shorter than planned, the 2019-2020 season

The Kutztown University Arts Society includes community

enthralled the audience with mesmerizing performances

and university volunteers who are both patrons of the arts

– we can’t wait to continue the show(s)! We’ll be bringing

and who are dedicated to advancing arts programming at

eight world-class performing arts that entertain, educate

Kutztown University and in the surrounding community. To

and enrich audiences for the 2020-2021 season – which will

learn more or to join, go to www.kutztownarts.org/.

be announced soon! Mark your calendar for July 8th, the date that season tickets go on sale. Single ticket sales begin August 13.

Right now, the stage is dark - but a new season is coming!


WHAT WE MISS MOST ABOUT SEEING YOU:

Today more than ever, we want to enjoy the space we live

Our clients definitely become our friends. We miss their

in. Let us show you how to update/remodel any part of

smiles and we don’t like to see everyone nervous.

your home while offering you the best quality at the best price. Please come in to our store, where we offer space and time, call us at 610-926-0500 or visit our website at www. empiresurplus.com Empire has brought in your personal essential needs such as kn95, surgical masks, hand sanitizer and gloves to keep you protected during this time. We are open for business and also have side dock pick up. Call ahead 610-926-0500, pay and we will have it on the side dock ready! BEST WAY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US: Melinda O’Neill | 610-926-0500 moneill@empirebp.com | cell: 610-301-2742 CURRENT SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday 8-7 | Sat 8-3, Sun 10-3 If a customer is in need of any essentials, from windows, toilets, masks message us and we will make sure you get it!

WHAT WE WANT MORE OF FOR THE FUTURE: Live your best life in your own home. Let Empire home center show you now. Discover us now!

We can’t wait to see you!

2741 BERNVILLE RD, LEESPORT, PA 19533 | 610.926.0500 | EMPIRESURPLUS.COM

BEST WAY TO WORK WITH OR SUPPORT US NOW:


FAIRGROUNDS FARMERS MARKET | 610.929.2806 | THURS: 8AM - 7PM | FRI: 8AM - 8PM | SAT: 8AM - 4PM

BEST WAY TO WORK WITH OR SUPPORT US NOW:

CURRENT SCHEDULE

We’re here baking up your from-scratch favorites every

We’re keeping up with our regular market schedule:

week so you can take a break from the kitchen and indulge

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. All current inventory and

in organic goodies and premade foods! Find us weekly at

online ordering is on our website at HalfDozenCafe.com.

our stand at the Fairgrounds Farmers Market for all of your food needs - savory to sweet!

WHAT WE MISS MOST ABOUT SEEING YOU: There’s nothing better than seeing your smiling face walk

BEST WAY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US:

up to our storefront! We love chatting with you about your

Our website is updated weekly to reflect current inventory

love of all things local and organic and connecting over the

- you can place an order online at HalfDozenCafe.com and

perfect cupcake or gluten free sourdough!

arrange for contact-less payment and curbside pick up at the market if you prefer! Plus, always follow along on our social media channels for delicious details on what we’re making week by week.

WHAT WE WANT MORE OF FOR THE FUTURE: Making more food you can feel good about, that’s what we’re here for! From special celebrations to every day organic options, our team brings you fantastic food made with love.

Happy to provide you with good home cookin’


BEST WAY TO WORK WITH OR SUPPORT US NOW:

CURRENT SCHEDULE:

It is our passion and mission to preserve the grand history

Contact us any time to start a conversation about moving

of our downtown while converting it into livable and lively

into a well-preserved, fully ready office or residential space

spaces updated for today’s needs. For over two decades we

in Reading.

have redeveloped, sold and leased dozens of properties in architecture in Pennsylvania. Our portfolio includes the redevelopment of Reading’s famed outlet buildings, the county’s tallest privately-owned tower and Victorian-era mansions. Visit our website to check available listings, we pride ourselves on amazing spaces, excellent parking options

WHAT WE MISS MOST ABOUT SEEING YOU: We can’t wait to be able to host you for an event at one of our fantastic historic spaces - stay tuned! Sharing the history of the places that we have been revitalizing - is exciting. We love sharing and are ready to re-engage with all those who want to build a richer culture for their organization and our city.

and on-site management services. If you know anyone

WHAT OUR FUTURE LOOKS LIKE:

looking to relocate their business – we have spaces that

With an extraordinary passion for design and history,

are ready to be occupied! Let’s work together to continue making our downtown more vibrant. BEST WAY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US: Give us a call to set up a tour at one of our residential or commercial buildings.

our leader Alan Shuman, continues to revitalize historic buildings and bring them back into productive use. Shuman Development Group has an inventory of incredible spaces that allow you to enjoy corporate culture with full modern amenities surrounded in historic architectural beauty - and more exciting projects to come!

Looking forward to seeing you in our space!

50 N 5TH ST #5, READING, PA 19601 | 610.736.9393 | INVESTINREADING.COM

the City of Reading, which is home to some of the finest


416 PENN AVENUE, SECOND FLOOR | NITORBARWR@GMAIL.COM

BEST WAY TO WORK WITH OR SUPPORT US NOW: Follow the Nitro Bar on social media and tag @nitrobarwestreading in a post or story – we love the virtual interaction with our patrons and visitors! CURRENT SCHEDULE We are closed – but the team is staying healthy and pumped to see you soon! BEST WAY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US: Hashtags are keeping us together! #BloodSweatAndMotorOil - Can we get a heck yeah? Send us a message or tag @nitrobarwestreading on Facebook and Instagram. WHAT WE MISS MOST ABOUT SEEING YOU: We miss putting in the blood, sweat and motor oil – rolling up our sleeves and putting in an honest day’s work – for you! That includes serving up Chef Jeremy’s PA Dutch Nachos, hosting live music, tapping nitro-draft beers and creating classic cocktails. WHAT WE WANT MORE OF FOR THE FUTURE: Reflecting from the once-upon-a-time car dealership, the view from the second floor of the West Reading Motor Club is bright. Stay tuned for any chance of outdoor music happenings on the 400 block of Penn Avenue. The walls of automotive history are a bit quiet now, but we will rock again!

#BloodSweatAndMotorOil will rock again


BEST WAY TO WORK WITH OR SUPPORT US NOW:

BEST WAY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US:

Consider us for your purchase of jewelry. Refer us to family

New location @ 1121 Penn Ave. Wyomissing. We have a live

or friends. We were not able to be open during the pandemic

chat on our web site at www.Vanscoy.com or write or call me

and lost a huge amount of business. We appreciate any

direct chill@vanscoy.com or personal cell 484-332-7468.

support from our community and customers.

WHAT WE MISS MOST ABOUT SEEING YOU:

We are no more than 3 to 4 staff members maximum at any

I/We miss sharing in our customer’s happy occasions and

time. We will have masks and follow all precautions. We can

special surprises. Seeing a smile on their face when they pick

help you by delivering to your vehicle curbside, we can work

up a repair of a special piece. Interaction and their stories.

with you via zoom upon request, we can ship to you. We want our customers to feel safe. We are a very small business and Your safety is foremost in our mind.

Our new website will be e-commerce with shopping cart. Look for our new website in June 2020.

CURRENT SCHEDULE: We will be at our new location Monday through Friday 10 am to 5 pm until restraints are lifted. Private appointments available upon request.

Can’t wait to share our new home/space with you all.

1121 PENN AVENUE | 610.374.9330 | VANSCOY.COM

you will not be exposed to a lot of people while in our store.

WHAT OUR FUTURE LOOKS LIKE:


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