West Reading Avenues Fall 2022

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Greater Reading’s hub for arts, shopping and entertainment Fall 2022 November 17-20 Always Smilingin West ReadingMeet Mark Dougherty, DMD

Peter K. Heim, CRS, GRI Christopher Heim

Peter K. Heim, CRS, www.peterheimrealtor.comemail:office:Associate-BrokerGRI610-898-1441cell:610-745-3378pheim@kw.com

– Cathleen P. “Always a great experience working with Pete and now his son Chris as well.” – Michael S.

“Now more than ever HOME is important!”

Family is foundational, and having a perfect home for your family means everything. Having Peter Heim by your side to help you navigate through the multiple steps of buying or selling is key. Born and raised in Berks county, Peter is an award-winning Real Estate Broker with more than 35 years of experience.

A family man, Peter has been married to his wife Michele for more than 30 years. They have seven children and two grandchildren. Pete and his family are involved with many Berks County organizations. This seasoned professional brings his hardworking yet fun personality to every interaction. Now Peter is proud to welcome his son Christopher onto his real estate team. Chris brings his unbridled enthusiasm, on-line savvy, and banking experience to the team. Let the Heim Team do the best job for you! Peter specializes in customer service. Whether listing or selling residential or commercial real estate, Peter is dedicated to helping his clients. His personal attention to every aspect of the business has garnered him more than 200 five-out-of-five Gold Star independent reviews. “I have personally known Pete for close to two decades, and he is one of most conscientious, caring and outgoing people I know. He truly cares about his clients, and works harder than any other realtor I know. I highly recommend that you work with Pete.” – Dave R “Pete is attentive to every detail. He made a hard journey of selling my mom’s house easier not just because he is a skilled realtor but in how much he cares about the story and people behind the sale.”

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Business Saturday will be on November 26th this year and don’t forget our carriage rides in December. Tickets will go on sale Nov 1st. Join our email list www.visitwestreading.com or follow us on Facebook to learn more. As for improvements to the Ave, our next project is improving our gateway. The is the entrance to West Reading near the Railroad bridge. Kevin Kozo is helping us and we look to partner with the Goggleworks to create an entrance to West Reading fitting of our diverse community and help showcase our Art, Entertainment & Healthy Community. VisitWestReading.com

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When visiting our merchants tell them you saw West Reading Avenues magazine!

As Fall approaches I want to look back on a very busy summer and some epic events that started with Art on the Avenue. A big thank you to Emily Branch, our event coordinator, and the Art Plus team for helping make this Art on the Ave the biggest and best festival we have ever had in West Reading. With more artists and our Plein Air event bringing in artists from around the region it was truly an amazing day. I love Art on the Ave because it helps showcase our beautiful area and allows these very talented artists to explore and see everything Berks County has to offer. I hear from Russ Slocum who runs the Plein Air event that a number of artists came back to paint the beautiful landscape and architecture here in Berks and because it is such a relaxed and fun event. Relaxed and fun, that is the goal for all of our events. The summer also saw a Sidewalk Sale, the West Reading Tavern French Fry Festival, our 2nd Fridays continue to grow and Sunday was fun day with the Farmers Market and new places to eat including Fresh and Noodl. The Avenue also expanded a little with Trish’s Specialty Cheese Cakes opening on N. 6th Ave as well. With all of our Penn Ave locations filled, we are looking for more businesses to open on 6th Ave as we look to grow our business district and open more shops on 6th and Reading Avenue. Fall Fest is right around the corner (September 17th) and this event is all about food, music and festive beverages. Our musical line up this year includes A.D. Blanco – Based in Athens, Georgia, their summer tour stop in West Reading left a great impression on them and the band left quite an impression on West Reading! Dylan Zangwill – Best known as a contestant on America’s Got Talent (Season 16 / 2021) at the age of 14. Flux Capacitor – the newly reunited popular Reading band will play their first hometown show in close to 5 years. Small by Mark Ratcliffe, Main Street Manager, West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation

Alvernia University Alvernia named its new andReadingdowntownlivinglearningfacilitytheJohnR.PostCenterat

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Ezekiel 47 Café Ezekiel 47 is a family-owned multicultural infused café, specializing in the best specialty coffee, Square 1 Roasters, and Turkish loose-leaf tea, and a menu of brunch combos all highlighting the love of other cultures. Patrons can enjoy a secure atmosphere and feel like they are in another part of the world.

WyoWays Bike Share

10 S. 5th Avenue, West Reading 717-926-2417customerservice@ezekiel47llc.com

share program serving Wyomissing and West Reading. With eighteen bikes conveniently located at four locations, your next adventure starts now. Download it on the App Store or get it on Google Play. Just scan the QR code and unlock your https://www.tandem-mobility.com/wyowaysbike. Fresh Mazi, AfterandMediterraneantherestaurantchangedtheirnamefocus…carefulconsideration and a lot of planning, Niko & Jessie Kaltsas have decided to shake things up with a FRESH start! As much as they love Mazi and the people that came to enjoy everything it had to offer, the owners and family are going back to their roots of breakfast and lunch! As they make this change they hope that everyone supports and is as excited as they are! A new beginning, a FRESH start. 614 Penn Avenue, West Reading 610-396-5143www.Curated@freshbreakfastlunch.com Non$tars ManagementTalentLLC. Non$tars is offering local arts, collectibles, and guitar lessons to the Avenues! 632 Penn Avenue, West Reading 610-406-1667nonstarstm@gmail.com Trish’s CheesecakesSpecialty Trish’s is a dessert shop offering 484-Trish’s$459-inchNewhandmade,homemade,andspecialtyYorkstylecheesecakes.cheesecakesareeachanda4-inchindividualsizeis$13.00.Ifyoucanthinkofaflavor,cancreateit.20N.6thAvenue,WestReading258-1992

The borough of Wyomissing, in partnership with Tandem Mobility, has launched a new bike

Reading CollegeTowne, and its newly established engineering school, the John R. Post School of Engineering, recognizing the school’s largest philanthropic gift in its 63-year history, given by John R. and Maryanne Post. The university launched the CollegeTowne initiative in Reading in late 2019. Since its launch, Alvernia purchased the newly renamed John R. Post Center at Reading CollegeTowne, a 240,000-square-foot living and learning facility at 401 Penn Street in downtown Reading, and completed the first phase of a $20 million renovation and retrofitting project.

Reiki Balance Reiki Balance will be open to the public on Friday, September 9th. They are dedicated to helping people tap into their natural healing abilities. They believe that using Reiki techniques can help people live healthier lifestyles and achieve peace and unity in the world. Their mindfulness coaching sessions and challenges are designed to help people install these techniques into their daily routine so they can experience the benefits of Reiki healing for themselves.

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Construction on the 840 Penn Avenue location has begun, and ROG looks forward to unveiling their new facility later this year. ROG will announce the grand opening of 840 Penn Avenue with great fanfare!

Everything Old is New Again

In the meantime, they will continue to serve their patients at 1268 Penn Avenue as well as at their Douglassville and Pottstown facilities. Everything Old is New Again and we look forward to seeing the new kid on the block when the renovation is complete.

The partner-owners, Drs. Natalie Parisi and Dennis Mauro, are thrilled to repurpose the bank building into the new flagship location of ROG Orthodontics. Unsurpassed patient care and orthodontic results are the driving force at ROG and the opportunity to renovate the bank to fit the current needs of the practice is the perfect move to ensure that ROG patients receive unparalleled care in an amazing, facility. The bonus of 46 parking spaces and the ability to serve ALL their patients in an ADA-compliant building was the strong motivation to making the move.

Kathryn Laughlin is opening a small boutique at 5th & Penn Avenue called DeLune Gems. She has been selling online for a year and wanted a physical location in West Reading, so when the space came available for lease she jumped on it. She makes fine gemstone jewelry including a 14k gold line and a more affordable 14k gold-filled line also using the same high quality gemstones. She will be selling clothing, handbags, clean beauty products, home and gift items. All items are consciously sourced from another small business, or from a company who uses conscious dying and manufacturing methods. The grand opening is Saturday, September 10th from 10am-6pm.

Holiday Shopping is now easier than ever with West Reading Gift Cards! Your friends and family use them just like a credit card and keeps their spending in our community. West Reading Local Gift Card can be spent at all independent businesses in West Reading but not at the big chains. With the West Reading Local Gift Card, we have rolled up the power of many gift cards into one convenient solution. One card, many https://giverrang.com/gift-card/west-reading-pa/choices!

By Beth Daly, ROG Orthodontics ROG Orthodontics, the leader in Berks County orthodontic care for more than sixty years, is making a move. After fifty years at their current 1268 Penn Avenue, Wyomissing, location, ROG will be moving into the former Santander Bank building at the intersection of Penn Avenue and Park Road.

12A S. 5th Avenue West Reading 724-815-6621www.delunegems.com

Already immersed and involved in the local community, it was important to ROG to stay “close to home,” creating little inconvenience for ROG’s family of patients while keeping their established connection to the surrounding area.

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6 Avenues Fall 2022 PENN AVE READING AVE 8THAVE C H E R RY ST 76THAVE THAVE 700BLOCK 600BLOCK 2 39 6 3 7 1 0 1 1 3 8 4 2 T OUR OU R T O W N The v i brant t o w n o f Wes t R e a d i n g i s a cu l i n a r y a n d c u l t u r a l h ot s p o t t h a t p ro v ide s a lo t t o l o v e i n o n e sq u a re mi l e . W EST R E A DI NG MU RAL S These public art installations and murals make the neighborhood a more beautiful place to live. PUBLIC PA R KI N G Along with street parking, West Reading has two public lots. One off of Franklin Street and one in CO MMU NI TY GAR D E N The Community Garden is one of West Reading’s most popular neighborhood features for residents. WAL K AB L E H OT E L S Stay awhile at one of our hotels within a short walking distance of Penn Avenue, Courtyard by Marriott, Wyomissing or Candlewood Suites, West Reading. 1918171615141312 292827 Cafe Scene West Reading on the Move Kline Street’s Secret Garden Rainbow Garage Doors Kline Street Mosaic I and West Reading654321 1110987 Frog Band You Are Here The Roots of West Reading Mural Corridor Mosaic Architecture & The Cosmos Maiden of the Stairs SunriseWEscapeakeUp!Over Mt. Penn With KandinskyBarnesOveHiddenWRCycleCelestialTimelessnessGoldenArtMosaicCliqueDandelionsSignMakingFuturesRatioofDelightofEnlightenment1850FacesrcomingAdversityMuralMosaic Today is a Bright Night The Knowledge of Athena Watching Cedar Waxwings Edge of a EasyWCubaWBlueMoonlightGasAUnaFunkyVSeaPhantasmagoriaNightmareSpiritiralVanGoghFrogTrioMiradaSincera–SincereGazePumpJazzMoonestReadingIs...alkInTheParkRider C HE R RY ST R E ET MU RAL S 4241403938363626252423222120 353433323130 200 Honeybee Gardens 299 United Artists Salon and Spa 610.376.8481 300 Fonte’s Salon 610.376.2220 311 Barrer & White Orthodontics 396 Initials Only Awards & Boutique 610.670.0105 398 Double Sunrise Yoga 400 Benchwarmer’s Coffee Company 610.374.2326 (F&D) 401 Aladdin RestaurantMediterranean 610.685.6677 (F&D) 402 Kangen Reading Water Store 484.754.6758 (R&S) 406404 Tina’s Salon and Day Spa 610.374.5991 (R&S) 408 Snazzy Beauty Boutique 484.651.3737 (R&S) 410 Chicken Supreme & Sammy’s Steaks 610.376.6149 (F&D) 411 The American Diner 610.376.5565 (F&D) 412 Betula’s Botanica (R&S) 484.516.2321 500 Georgio’s Pizzeria 610.750.7199 502 West Reading Precious Metals 610.371.0505 506 Van’s Café 610.741.6466 200 –400300 508 Betsey’s Boutique 610.406.5490 510 Hawaii Kitchen 610.743.3631 512 MADE Jewelry Boutique & Studio 610.741.6676 514 Symbiote Collectibles 610.781.3859 516 Holistic Skateshop 484.577.4183 518 Regina’s 484.987.2652 520 Origen Hair Studio 610.927.6761 522 Allison Clothing Co. 484.709.2563 525 Chef Alan’s American Bistro 610.375.4012 525 Rite Aid 610.373.5241 528 Charming Nails 610.373.8189 530 Rebel Hive Meadery 610.376.6919 532 Great Wall 610.685.8585 536 Studio West Salon 610.374.4006 538 West Reading Drug Store 610.375.4366 542 Sweet Ride Ice Cream 484.987.7338 544 Coral Reef Connection 546 [F1] Double Click Computers 610.374.3355 414 Eyedentity Gallery 610.236.0577 (R&S) 416 West Reading Motor Club & Nitro Bar 421 G.N.A. Italian Ristorante 610.376.1155 (F&D) 424 Broken Chair Brewery (F&D) 426 The Farmhouse Kitchen 484.869.5193 (R&S) 430 Trinity Salon 610.374.2000 (R&S) 432 Cintrine By Kimberly 610.401.1727 434 JP Tailoring 610.478.0655 (R&S) 438 Swerl Designs LLC 484.897.6797 (R&S) 442 Fox + Fern Collective 610.816.5918 (R&S) 448 La Abuela Mexican 484.509.5778 (R&S) 449 [F1] Vertigo Music 610.320.9927 (R&S) 449 Tony’s of West Reading 610.898.1331 (R&S) 450 New Business Coming Soon 500 610.743.5373 484.352.3890 P P the West Reading Shopping Center. FR ANKLI N ST 301 Mendez Flooring484.577.0031610.396.9225610.376.3956 (2nd Floor) 428 Noodl 000.000.0000 (R&S) In the Know & On the Go Public Art: Mural Walk of West Reading – https://visitwestreading.com/public-art/

READING AVE C H EST N U T ST CHERRY ST 4THAVE 53RDAVE THAVE PENN AVE 9 A S T R O L L D O W N 5 T H A V E N U E R E A D I N G P U B L I C M U S E U M TH E 23 A C R E RE C R E ATI O N A L PA R K R E A D I N G H O S P ITA L R U N N I N G, H I KI N G, B I KI N G TR A I L S 500BLOCK 400BLOCK 300BLOCK 200BLOCK 1 7 2 2 1 2 1 6 2 3 2 38 5 1 7 600 [F1] Say Cheese! Restaurant 610.406.5390 600 [F2] Encrypted Escape Room 610.743.3041 601 Wm. H. Diller Jeweler 610.372.0019 603 The Olympian Ballroom: Dance Studio 610.373.4880 604 Art Plus Gallery 610.375.9122 605 Saylor House 610.816.7161 606 West Reading Tavern 610.376.9232 607 Paisley Moon 610.371.9998 608 Muddy Creek Soap Co. 610.816.7474 609 Olde Penn Avenue Tattoo 484.987.7375 610 Chatty Monks Brewing Co. 484.818.0176 700 Bella Jules 610.208.0600 701 [Court St.] Comalli Taqueria 484.869.2824 701 Nonno Alby’s Wood Oven Pizza 610.376.1011 703 Lucky Finds Consignment Boutique 610.372.1372 704 Fine Linez Barbershop 484.869.2702 705 Fleet Feet 610.320.9097 709 Chen Vegetarian House 610.374.2288 711 Cherry’s Jamaican Delight 610.372.0100 712 Wendy’s 610.372.8905 713 The Bar Cart 610.376.2253 715 Rise Up Nutrition 719 Barley Mow Craft Beer House 484.926.2094 720 Serenity Boutique 610.741.4110 725 Drama Hair Studio 610.376.1998 726 Fromthesix Fitness 610.780.0432 / 484.577.4636 Brewer’s Bar & Grill 101 South 3rd Avenue 610.375.8760 3rd & Spruce Drafthaus 238 South 3rd Avenue 610.376.5254 BT Gallery Retro Vintage Shop 514 Franklin 610.373.2968Street Allegro Dance 511 Reading 484.577.1788Avenue Eternal Lotus Tattoo 52 S 5th Avenue EmJ Pilates 718 Reading 717.201.3700Avenue Customers Bank 701 Reading Avenue Hot Yoga West Reading 120 South 3rd Avenue 610.374.2659 727 Shearer Technical 610.375.1676 728 Finch & Fern 732 King’s Auto 610.376.3892 734 Commonwealth Auto Tags 610.372.9998 739 Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home 610.374.5440 LEO Design Gallery 9 South 4th 610.670.6502Avenue I-Form Fitness Studio 521 Reading 610.743.3163Avenue Ezekiel 47 Cafe 10 South 5th 717.926.2417Avenue Mom Chaffe’s Cellarette 148 Tulpehocken Avenue 610.374.5733 Takkii Ramen 36 North 6th 610.370.7434Avenue Encompass Media 97 S 5th 610.372.1010Avenue B2 Bistro 701 Reading 610.898.4314Avenue Candlewood Suites 55 South 3rd 610.898.1910Avenue Mecca Caribbean & Soul Food 116 Franklin Street Trish’s Specialty Cheesecake 20 N 6th Ave 635 Baldwin Kitchen & Bath Center The Gem on Penn 610.927.5402 613 Lilibea’s 610.685.6685 614 Mazi Greek Cuisine 610.396.5143 615 Spoonful Thai Cafe 616 Let’s Taco Bout It 484.926.2230 617 Taste of Crepes 610.685.2001 619 Beer Wall on Penn 610.743.5744 622 Winedown Café & Wine Bar 610.373.4907 629623 Baldwin Brass Center 610.358.2469 624 The Whiskey Room 626 Kids Cuts 610.478.7167 628 Yarn Gallery 610.373.1622 631 Ady Cakes 610.898.4064 633 The Art Room 634 Arrowhead Emotional Wellness 637 Be Mine Boutique 610.816.5635 639 Dressed In Love 610.451.0935 641 Celtic Myth and Moonlight 641 Empire Home Center 610.926.0606 600 700 Off the avenue 643 Willow Creek Brewery 484.664.0368 644 Reading City Church 610.372.2034 546 [F2] Integrative Healing Arts 610.451.9577 548 [F1] Salon Avanti 610.373.3023 548 [F2] Creative Vibes Tattoo Studio 610.370.7552 550 Simply Bold Cafe 610.207.7368 610.898.4369610.685.2307 484.987.2482 484.869.5617 P 723 Texture Curl Bar 610.396.5189 Whitmoyer Automotive 230 Highland Ave 610.816.5918 612 Zipf's Candies by Sweet Surprises 610.373.2121 610.373.4907610.396.5143484.709.2441 611 Refillable Goods 000.000.0000 IA Club 243 Chestnut Street Our Time Salon Corner Creative 621 Franklin Street McGinn School Apparel 12 South 5th 610.939.1503Avenue The Nest Collaborative 629 Court Street

J ust a Wyo kid who is proud as hell of West Reading: that’s how Dr. Mark Dougherty, owner of Penn Avenue Dental, described himself when we met at his 645 Penn Ave office (you know the place – one of West Reading’s most iconic frog sculptures is on display there.) I would take it a step further and call him a transformer of not only smiles, but also of opportunities in our bustling downtown business district through his involvement with the West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation (WRCRF.) Promoting good health and a great business environment in West Reading has been his mission for decades. Having lived his whole life in the Wyomissing area, Mark is a 1973 graduate of Wyomissing High School. His father, Dr. Harry Dougherty, was also a dentist and in fact started Penn Avenue Dental in 1953. Does this mean Mark was raised with the expectation of following in his father’s footsteps? Not at all. His first love was photography, and he is proud to have been, along with his best friend growing up, Fred Mogel, a photographer for the Colophon , Wyomissing High School’s yearbook. With an older sister who was an operatic singer who attended Julliard, Mark clearly had artistic genes. But following high school, Mark was encouraged by his father and his uncle, who was an executive with Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, to pursue a career in banking and business. He reluctantly attended Penn State Berks campus, and after the first year told his father he wanted to quit; the thought of going to the huge PSU main campus the following year didn’t feel like a good fit. His father encouraged him to continue his schooling, so he transferred to Albright where he studied economics and business administration.

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Always Smiling in West Reading... Meet Mark Dougherty, DMD

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Schatz Electric has been in business for 45 years. To keep the business growing, owner and president Jeff Schatz focuses on mastering new technologies and supporting customers 24/7—so he’s always on the go. That’s why he works with the team at Tompkins, who proactively offer products and services that increase efficiency, such as remote deposit.

SCHATZ ELECTRIC, INC. Jeff Schatz, Owner/President “Tompkins will be with us in the future and help us grow even more,” Jeff says. Service Stability Strength

But a funny thing happened: Mark realized his true passion was working with his hands; he craved creativity and freedom of choice. Dentistry was being revolutionized by new techniques such as implants, veneers, and other cosmetics. Mark began to take science classes in the summer, so that by the time he made it to the Temple University School of Dentistry, he had 170 undergraduate credits in a variety of subjects. In fact, his advisor at Temple was shocked to learn he had chosen dentistry instead of the MBA program. This would not be the first time someone was surprised to find out Mark was a “dentist trapped inside a CEO’s body.” Years later while golfing with Jim Tucker, an executive with Palmer Candy, Jim asked what Mark did for a living. Mark told him he was a dentist and Jim responded, “No, really, what do you do??” He might just be a little bit more “personality-plus” than most dentists you’ve met.

Speaking of sparkling personalities and transformation, Mark’s world would soon change when he met fellow Wyomissing grad, Wendy Yocum, at a neighborhood gathering at the Mogel’s house in the ‘80s. Although the two grew up a block and a half apart, Wendy was 8 years his junior, so they didn’t really know each other. However, her best friend lived next door to Mark, so Wendy couldn’t help but notice (with a certain degree of alarm!) the gang of teenage “derelicts” who frequently hung out at the Dougherty household when she was a kid. Flash forward and Wendy was home visiting from NYC, where she was a buyer/designer for B Altman. Mark, who was in his residency at the former Community General Hospital by then, saw her at the party and asked Fred to switch seats so he could sit next to her. The next time she came home for a visit, Mark saw Wendy outside her parents’ house and decided to ask her to go on a date. It was, he will admit, the most boring date ever…just basically stopping by a friend’s house. But a dull first date did not stop this romance from blossoming; one year later Mark and Wendy were married and had their honeymoon in Rideau in Canada, a place they have visited every anniversary since. Married life found Mark working for his father in the dental business, and Wendy running the former Clothes Tree.

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Fifteen years later, Mark took over the business, and Wendy now works in the practice with him. They have a son, Mac (age 29), and a daughter, Morgan (age 26), and recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. Mark first became involved with the WRCRF around the year 2000, about three years into its founding, through fellow dentist Dr. Robert Shuttlesworth. At that time, Penn Avenue was not the business district it is today; it was plagued with poor lighting, sidewalks and buildings in disrepair, frequent car accidents, and residential areas struggling with crime and

He has especially enjoyed the opportunity to work with the likes of Main Street Manager Mark Ratcliffe, Councilman Philip Wert, and fellow business owner John Woodward, among others. His biggest goal now is mentoring new volunteers, including someone to take his place when it is his time to move on.

10 Avenues Fall 2022 blight. The WRCRF was made up of a group of residents, business owners, and community leaders who coordinated with the borough to make improvements to infrastructure, create a continuity along the Avenue, and help and encourage property owners to spruce up their facades. When Robert moved from West Reading, Mark took his place on the foundation, holding many positions before becoming president seven years ago. At that time, he also took Dr. Shuttleworth’s place as Chairman of the Department of Dentistry at the former Reading Health System (now Tower Health,) where he has been involved in many initiatives in addition to dentistry, including committees on community benefits and patient care. He has also taken an active role in the oncology department, with a primary focus on head and neck cancers.

Mark is particularly proud of the work done by the WRCRF during the Covid shutdown in 2020. The foundation went from meeting once a month to holding virtual meetings every week, aggressively looking for ways to save businesses during this difficult time. Even though 8 businesses closed, 21 others opened, including businesses owned by women and people of color. Penn Avenue storefronts were nearly 100% occupied by 2021 – at a time when many other cities were like ghost towns.

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In his limited free time, Mark plays tennis, goes bass fishing (loves the lake, hates the beach) and enjoys trivia and thinking games (loves Scrabble, hates Monopoly). He loves “historical stuff,” recently reading books on the history of Atlantic City (where his family spent time when he was a child) and the speeches of Winston Churchill. This three-time Covid survivor has some simple secrets to happiness: be honest, stand up for yourself when required, embrace the zig-zagging path life will often take (don’t quit!), and stay connected to people you admire – just like he did during the pandemic with those extra WRCRF meetings and daily 8am Tower Health meetings. And of course…don’t forget to smile.

visitwestreading.org 11 In honor of Small Business Saturday and the upcoming holiday season, here are ten ways to support our Avenues’ small businesses! WAYS TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES Business Corner 1. Shop small, stay local! Try to keep your spending in our community. 2. Give gift certificates to Avenues businesses – they are always the right size! 3. Order some meals to go or for delivery if you can’t make it to your favorite restaurants. Business lunches are a great time to order local food! 4. Talk about your favorite Avenues businesses on social media – like, comment, and share their posts. 5. Write a great online review when you get great service and great products from a local business! 6. Keep your appointments – reschedule, don’t cancel. Businesses depend on keeping their calendars full. 7. Offer to pay a deposit or prepay for work you’re having done. Cash flow is sometimes tricky for small businesses which don’t have the reserves on hand that larger companies do. 8. Offer constructive suggestions or your discounted skills or services to help business owners and managers who may be struggling. 9. Stay patient – many businesses are having a hard time finding good employees to keep things moving! 10. Keep your focus local! Our businesses need you, whether you are a regular patron or a one-time buyer! Small Business Saturday Saturday, November 26th 2022


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I nspired by his father, Dr. Harry Barrer, who incorporated Barrer & White in 1952, Dr. James Barrer followed in the footsteps of his dad and chose to continue the family legacy of serving the community through orthodontics.

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Dr. Barrer believes the success and longevity experienced by Barrer & White is because patients at the practice are treated like family, with every effort made by the staff to make orthodontics a pleasant and rewarding experience. In turn, patients reward Dr. Barrer and Dr. White by referring friends and family to the Whenpractice.asked for his best advice for other businesses looking to succeed, Dr. Barrer confirms the belief that businesses should do good work for a reasonable fee and treat people the way they would want to be treated. Why West Reading? “It’s a great place to raise a family. Good schools, good medical and dental care, and just overall a safe, friendly place to live,” Dr. Barrer said. If you could choose another Avenues business where you could work for a day, what would you choose and why? “Any of the restaurants with a bar. Always thought it would be fun to be a bartender and get to share stories with all the patrons at the bar.” 311 Penn Avenue West 610-376-3956Reading

Why orthodontics? Dr. Barrer says, “It’s so satisfying to see the smiles on happy patients at the conclusion of their treatment,” adding that orthodontics can play an important role in people’s appearance. He explains that a healthy and properly functioning occlusion positively affects the self-worth felt by both children and adults.

201 Washington Street, #523, Reading 610-898-1930 Justin Heimbecker joined Berks Arts as Executive Director in May 2021 and describes his beginnings there as an interesting time to join an organization with a significant focus on live events. Berks Arts was challenged by the pandemic during the previous years, and Heimbecker jumped into action in his new position just before a flurry of activity and the return to live, in-person events began. As Heimbecker explains, the mission of Berks Arts is to Inspire, Engage, and Unite the community through the arts. Although he says that mission comes across in a variety of ways, the heart of the organization is the support of the community, both economic and otherwise, through unique collaborations to provide a thriving art scene.

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Justin Heimbecker, Executive Director of Berks Arts Council

If you could choose another Avenues business where you could work for a day, what would you choose and why? “I love my job – that’s an impossible question to answer! I also love coffee, so maybe a coffee shop on the Avenue would be a good www.berksarts.orgalternative.”

Supporting the Community at Berks Arts Council!

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How can people get involved at Berks Arts? “Berks Arts relies on the support of so many individuals and businesses in and around our shared community,” Heimbecker says. “We have more than 300 volunteers to make it all happen, in addition to donors, corporate sponsors, foundation support, government support, and so much more. We like to say that you can give Time, Treasure, or Talent – or all 3 – to help us fulfill our mission.” Any support is appreciated, according to Heimbecker, and he asks that interested volunteers contact Berks Arts at info@berksarts.org. “There is always room for more enthusiasm and energy for the arts,” he says.

What makes you proud about your organization? “I am proud of the people who are so committed to the continued and ongoing success of our programs and initiatives. We are fortunate to have thousands of people who support our efforts in a variety of ways, and they are the reason that we are able to be successful. Our organizational success is a direct result of their care and support.”

Greatest rewards? Hearing customers say they have been waiting for a store like Refillable Goods validates their mission, according to Jaylene and Paola. They are both fulfilled by the ability to provide people with the opportunity to make healthier choices for both their bodies and the planet. If you could choose another Avenues business where you could work for a day, what would you choose and why?

14 Avenues Fall 2022 Talk of the Town Offering Healthier Options at Refillable Goods! 611 Penn Avenue, West www.refillablegoods.comReading

At Refillable Goods, customers will find hair care, skincare, hygiene, and household cleaning products plus accessories. The brands are toxic-free and made with plant-based ingredients that have low-waste or compostable packaging. Liquid and powder products are sold by the ounce and customers can refill any container they may already have at home.

Born as a delivery service and pop-up shop at festivals and flea markets in July 2020, Refillable Goods’ owners Jaylene Torres and Paolo Cevallos say they were encouraged by their customers and community to open a storefront at their dream location on Penn Avenue in May 2021. The partners believe the culture, community, and Avenues location are ideal for any small businesses to thrive but are especially appropriate for their niche concept.

Becoming a vegan almost five years ago inspired Paola to learn more about what the food industry keeps hidden from the public. She became aware that many industries have unethical and wasteful production practices.

(Photo credit Josephine’s Photography) Jaylene Torres and Paola Cevallos, Refillable Goods

Paola says, “My goal with Refillable Goods is to raise awareness and encourage people to think about the lifecycle of a product: the resources it takes to produce it, what happens to it when you are done using it, and how every step of the process affects people and the planet.”

Why Refillable Goods? Jalyene explains that her son was born in 2019 and developed dry, itchy, and inflamed skin diagnosed as eczema. An unsuccessful round of recommended treatments to sooth his skin led Jaylene to discover that many of the baby products contained skin irritants and cancerous-causing ingredients. Research showed her that regulations allow cosmetics to be marketed as natural but contain no plant-based ingredients, and may even have the ability to cause health concerns. Jaylene says, “In the past couple years I’ve grown more conscious of the items I buy, their ingredients, and the packaging. My motivation for launching Refillable Goods is to ensure that my family, friends, and community have access to safe products free of unnecessary toxins.”

Jaylene: “Taqueria Comalli for sure! I love Mexican food and being a vegetarian, I have many options here; they are always delicious, consistent and fulfilling. I’d love to learn how they make their Fungi Medley.” Paola: “Spoonful Thai Bistro because I love how most of their menu can be veganized. Their food never disappoints!”

Favorite Products? Jaylene: “It is always changing but my top three at the moment are the BluTonic Cleansing Oil by FeelThis, the dry body brush, and the Oneka Elements Lavender & Angelica shampoo.” Paola: “I have been most impressed by our laundry detergents by Rustic Strength, Ecoslay’s Orange Marmalade Curl Definer Gel, and the deodorants by Kokoa Botanics.”

visitwestreading.org 15 LEARN MORE & PURCHASE GOGGLEWORKS.ORGTICKETS: ART • MUSIC • FOOD • LIVE DEMOS • HOLIDAY FUN & Holiday Market 10TH READINGARTSANNUALFESTIVAL DECEMBER 3 & 4 10AM-5PM West Reading Ave Mag_Fall AFR_Ad_2022.indd 1 7/20/2022 2:45:34 PM Visit cocaberks.org/recovery for more details & other upcoming events! COME Saturday,RecoveryJoinRECOVERYCELEBRATEMONTHthe2022BerksWalk!Sept.17 10AM - 12PM This event is for those in recovery, their loved ones and anyone else who wants to show their support for recovery! The walk will begin at Reading Area Community College and proceed for 1.5 miles to the West Reading Playground & Pavilion.

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A Message from the Mayor…. LIVE, WORK, PLAY!

t has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as the Mayor of West Reading for the last 8 months. Although I spend much of my time leading our first-class West Reading Police Department and working behind the scenes for the betterment of the community, I consider myself a cheerleader and the #1 fan of the Borough! It has been so exciting to work in a larger capacity after serving on Borough Council, an experience that helped me step into my new role with understanding and confidence.

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When I moved to the area back in 2009, I was drawn to West Reading’s upbeat atmosphere which prompted me to purchase a house here in 2010. I was struck by the tight-knit nature of the community – neighbors knowing and caring about each other - and I could walk everywhere! The renaissance of the Avenue was well underway at that time, but who knew what was to come… Some of you may have read the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Chatty Monks, one of our premier local breweries, has embraced the verbiage “Eat, Drink, Love.” If I were to make a slogan for West Reading, it would be “Live, Work, Play!” Do you realize this borough of 4,500 people is only .7 square miles, but provides everything you could possibly need to “Live Your West Life.” Okay, I borrowed that one from our awesome West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation…you may have noticed we are big on slogans around here!

Living here means that you have access to almost everything you could possibly need: public transportation; coffee shops; yoga and fitness studios; The West Reading Drug Store; a local dentist, Dr. Mark Dougherty (and please check out his profile in West Reading Peeps;) Tower Health, our local hospital system, along with the required supplies from Scrubs and Beyond and Superior Oxygen & Medical Equipment; hair salons and barber shops; The West Reading farmers market for fresh produce; and soon-to-come Kimberton Whole Foods within a walkable distance in our neighboring community of Wyomissing. You will also be happy to know West Reading has a borough council and committees that are dedicated to continuing the positive trajectory West Reading is on. In addition to our residential neighborhood vibe, we have a robust greaterdowntown business atmosphere and many companies based right here in the borough for employment opportunities. Surrounding businesses regularly visit West Reading restaurants for meetings, luncheons, and other high-level gatherings. Gage Personnel is located right here within the borough limits for those in the job/staffing market who need help finding the right fit. We are also a hub for medical professionals, with our own Drexel Medical School campus and Tower Health as a landing

visitwestreading.org 17 place for many residents, fellows, and future doctors. Saving the best for last – the opportunity to PLAY in West Reading is unmatched! With so many hospitality businesses and events/ festivals, there is no end to the entertainment. Whether it’s breweries, boutiques, restaurants, cocktail venues, or live music –there is always an opportunity to unwind with friends – or solo. Fall Fest and other street festivals throughout the year bring thousands of visitors who love to support our little borough. Even dogs are welcome in many of our establishments. Our recreation department is ever-growing and offering more and more opportunities for fun and fellowship – from group bike rides like Rides ‘N Vibes to music in our park system to fun for the kids all year round. Speaking of bikes – if you don’t have your own, we now have a new bike-share program located next to the West Reading Pool, thanks to a cooperative effort with Wyomissing’s borough manager, Michelle Bare, and a Wyoways grant. Overall, I am incredibly excited to not only see how far we have come as a borough, but to also be a bigger part of its future. I feel grateful to work with an amazing council – all of whom truly love the borough – to make sure West Reading keeps moving in a positive direction. Whether you are a resident, work here, or are just passing through (or all of the above!) we are dedicated to keeping West Reading the true gem of Berks County for everyone to “Live, Work, Play!” Fantastic Smile CHANGING LIVES...ONE People’s Choice Year After Year Wyomissing | Douglassville | Pottstown 610.374.4097 fantasticsmiles.com 25th Annual AT A TIME!

October Event Includes Half Marathon, 5K

All registered runners will receive a short-sleeve moisture wicking race shirt (men’s, women’s, and youth sizing). Half marathon finishers will receive a custom finisher’s medal, and both events offer 5-year age group awards and cash prizes for the top 3 male and female finishers, to be presented during a post-race celebration. Fleet Feet West Reading is again sponsoring our half marathon pace runners in 5-minute increments for finish times of 1:30 through 2:35.

In the Community Reading Hospital Road Run

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T he Reading Hospital Road Run, hosted by The Friends of Reading Hospital, will again return to West Reading this fall, on the morning of Sunday, October 16. The 5K course will race along the beautiful and scenic tree-lined streets of West Reading and Wyomissing. Runners looking for an added challenge will enjoy a course through West Reading, Wyomissing, and the City of Reading when they register for the half marathon. All race events will start and finish on Seventh Avenue adjacent to the Reading Hospital in West Reading. “We brought this event back to West Reading in 2019 with great success, went totally virtual in 2020 due to the pandemic, and had a scaled back, but well-attended, version of the event in 2021,” said Beth Kohl, 2022 Reading Hospital Road Run Committee Chair and The Friends of Reading Hospital board member. “For 2022, the Road Run Committee is looking to bring back all of the Road Run elements that the community and hospital have loved for many years. The Friends hope everyone will save the date to run with us on October 16.”

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The Warm Handoff program is a partnership between Reading Hospital Emergency Department (ED) and the Council On Chemical Abuse (COCA). The program provides Certified Recovery Staff in the ED 24 hours a day. Individuals who come to the Emergency Department suffering from the effects of opioid or other substance abuse meet with a recovery support specialist who can arrange for immediate admission to a detox or drug and alcohol treatment program, which can save lives and help people get on the road to recovery.

“The ongoing support The Friends of Reading Hospital provide is nothing short of remarkable,” said Charles F. Barbera, MD, Reading Hospital President and CEO. “The projects and initiatives they support, including the Warm Handoff program, benefit our patients, their families, our team members, and the community. I am grateful for the work they do in support of the mission of the hospital. I look forward to this event every year and will be running again this year.”

“The community and the staff of the Reading Hospital have always consistently supported this event, making it a great opportunity for runners and their families to come together, be active, and be a part of raising funds for important initiatives that benefit the health and wellness of our community,” said Kohl.

By funding health and wellness programs, grants, and initiatives, The Friends have made a powerful and sustainable impact on the hospital, its patients, and the surrounding community, and are resolved to continue this support for years to come. This year, proceeds from Road Run will help fund the Warm Handoff program at the Reading Hospital Emergency Department.

Visit RHRoadRun.com for more information and registration. Discounted registration pricing is still in effect, but prices increase in September. •5K:Now through September 19: $32 • September 20 to October 15: $38 Half Marathon: • Now through September 19: $75 • September 20 to October 15: $85 Reading Hospital will follow the COVID-19 safety guidance from the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health in effect at the time of the race. www.rhroadrun.com To learn more about FREE, ALL AGES, PET-FRIENDLY community event Scan the Code 10am - 3pm @ NEW VENUE: Penn State Berks - Perkins Plaza Event Lawn 1801 Broadcasting Rd, Reading, PA 19610 Saturday, September 24th RAIN OR SHINE! SAVE THE DATE! 2022 Title EmbraceSponsor:Your Wellness Visit us at MyGutInstinct.org and nd us on Facebook for updates. Digestive & Wellness Expo2022

The Friends of Reading Hospital is an association of dedicated community leaders that focus on raising funds through events like Reading Hospital Road Run to support and enhance Reading Hospital’s promise of “Advancing Health. Transforming Lives.”

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Event-day volunteers and participant registration for sponsors, nonprofits and food vendors is open and details regarding sponsorship types and on-line registration can be found on the website. For more information about My Gut Instinct and the Guts and Glory event visit www.mygutinstinct.org. Stay up to date with volunteer, sponsor and vendor opportunities as well as enjoy healthy recipes and inspirational motivation on Facebook and Instagram @mygutinstinct and @gutsyandmini.

The event has enjoyed extensive media coverage and public accolades for their health movement in the community. Numerous community sponsors and volunteers make the event possible.

T he 9th annual Guts and Glory Digestive and Wellness Expo will be taking place live on September 24th, 2022, from 10am until 3pm at Penn State Berks campus. The Expo was originally created and hosted by non-profit My Gut Instinct, Inc. and is sponsored by Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center and Penn State Berks. Guts and Glory is a free, large scale, non-profit communitywide celebration of health for all ages and showcases a farmers market, educational booths, community outreach, fresh locally sourced food made by local chefs, fitness zones, yoga, massage meditation, and wellness experts, to name a few features. This year we will also welcome the MEGA Colon exhibit, which provides visitors with an interactive, educational experience of stepping through a large-scale model of the human colon that highlights common disease conditions. We celebrate the spirit of health and wellness at our event and encourage our visitors to find inspiration at Guts and Glory to take an active role in their own well-being all year long. This free admission, interactive, annual event for all ages is designed to educate the health curious, elevate the understanding of the health conscious, and raise community awareness of the importance of digestive health and overall wellness through the free exchange of information and resources. “We aim to provide people with health knowledge and empower them to take action to live healthier lives and become beautiful from the inside, out, because we believe beauty starts on the inside,” said founder Aparna Mele, M.D. “We also want to show the community that eating and living healthy is not only easy to do, but it can also be fun and delicious too!” Aparna Mele, M.D. is a board-certified gastroenterologist with Digestive Disease Associates since 2007. She came to the field of medicine with extensive experience in international relief work overseas and is actively involved in local philanthropic work directed towards patient education and promotion of societal health.


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A Berks Health Initiative: 9 Years Getting Gutsy!

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Guts and Glory Digestive and Wellness Expo is a far-reaching, educationally inspiring, community-giving, and feel-good event held annually.

B erks Youth Chorus is pleased to announce Sarah Kreider as the new Director of the Choristers, BYC’s youngest ensemble for singers in the third and fourth grades. A beloved music teacher of Schuylkill Valley Elementary School, Ms. Kreider will bring expertise, passion and energy to the Chorus’s youngest singers. She holds a Master of Music in Music Education with an Autism Concentration from Boston Conservatory at Berklee and serves as assistant music director for the musicals at Schuylkill Valley High School.

From Student to Teacher: Sarah Kreider Returns to Berks Youth Chorus As Choristers’ Director

“Sarah’s return has already brought a new level of excitement within the Chorus,” attests Sam Barge, who directs the BYC Chorale and MasterSingers. “Every organization dreams that its students will return to give back to the next generation. It is such a gift that Sarah will connect our youngest singers to our past and demonstrate the role that our community can play in their lives.” Kreider reflected on the impact BYC had in her life: “It honestly feels surreal. When I decided to go into music education I think I always had it in the back of my mind that it would be really fun to have a chance to come back to BYC, but I didn’t know if the opportunity would present itself… I am honored that I’ve been given this opportunity, and I’m so happy that I get to be a part of continuing the legacy of BYC and providing the opportunity for more students to have the same kinds of amazing choral experiences I had. “I had so many positive experiences with my BYC directors when I was younger, and I only hope I can have the same kind of impact on my future singers that those directors had on my life.” Sarah Kreider joins BYC’s staff at a unique moment in the organization’s history. The Chorus just celebrated its thirtieth anniversary last spring. In 2020, the Chorus witnessed the retirement of former Executive Director Dail Richie after decades of leadership. These milestones came during the backdrop of the pandemic, which required a combination of virtual and hybrid singing, mask requirements, social distancing and a variety of other measures. Despite these challenges, BYC’s is planning for a ‘normal’ 2022-2023 year.

Ms. Kreider is an alumna of Berks Youth Chorus herself. She sang in the chorus for ten years and interned at many BYC summer camps. “BYC was a huge part of my life growing up,” says Kreider. “Being a member of BYC is why I ended up on the path to be a music teacher. BYC is where my love of choral music began, and that love has also led me to form lifelong friendships. To me, BYC represents musicality mixed with community and fun!”

Sarah Kreider’s ensemble, the BYC Choristers, have been fully virtual since the pandemic began. They will return to in-person singing this month for the BYC Summer Sing on July 25-29. “I am looking forward to meeting a new group of singers and forming a choral community together,” says Kreider. “I am so excited to be working with kiddos from all around the county and having a tight knit group brought together by a shared loved of music and singing. I can’t wait to get started and for us to all grow, learn, and sing together!”


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Ever the traveler, Rene had also taken many trips to Turkey. He brought some loose-leaf tea back for Gigi once, and she fell in love with it. She knew they had to feature teas on their menu. They began with Turkish teas but have since expanded to Chinese, German, and Canadian blends. Everything they serve is all-natural, and just like with their coffee, they can talk to you about origins of the tea and how water, temperature, and steep time will affect the taste.

One thing that sets this café apart from others nearby is their paninis. With the goal of representing multiple cultures under one roof, they designed a fun and versatile panini menu (which is available all day!). Taking inspiration from their time in Florida, there is a Cuban sandwich. There is an Argentine-inspired choripan and a Dominican-inspired creation by Rene himself.

There are vegetarian options and even a salted chocolate and brie panini! All the paninis are served with potato sticks, a common snack in Gigi’s native Puerto Rico.

Deciding they wanted to run a coffee shop, they dove right in. They completed a course about coffee and became experts. They source their coffee from a local supplier, but the beans come from all over the world. Gigi and Rene can tell you all about where your coffee was grown, and how soil, water, altitude, and a variety of other factors will affect the taste.

W hen Gigi and Rene Ruiz met in high school, they could not have imagined the journey life would take them on – but they always let themselves be guided by their faith. They moved from New York City to central Pennsylvania to Florida, and along the way married and had three children together. While living in Florida, they felt called to return to Pennsylvania, to become involved in a community here and help people as much as possible. In an unlikely and daring step during a pandemic, they connected with a local pastor online, sold their house in Florida, and invested in a lucky property find close to the Avenue.

They have a Gordon Ramsay-inspired truffle grilled cheese.


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Leaves Tea and a Leap of Faith

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The owners, since moving back, have become active in their church. Their pastor was just starting out during the pandemic, and they wanted to offer him support. They serve as youth leaders and they counsel married couples. Their faith has remained strong through all the many challenges the pandemic has presented. Their name, Ezekiel 47, refers to a Bible verse. The verse details the course of a river flowing from the temple, which Ezekiel steps into; the river allows him to understand where his faith must take him. The verse also mentions the river providing for trees that bear fruit for food and leaves for medicine. The Ruizes felt a connection to their experience of being called back to Pennsylvania, and were also reminded of the health and comfort given by their teas. The café’s hours at the time of this writing are Monday-Friday 8am-6pm and Saturday 8am-4pm, but the hours change a lot with seasons as well as events on the Avenue. They also have a new fall menu coming soon (yes, including PSLs!). Stay up to date with hours, features, and specials on social media: Ezekiel 47 on Facebook and @ezekiel47cafe on Instagram.

T here’s always something new at Art Plus Gallery, 604 Penn Avenue. The exhibit in the main gallery changes every two months to showcase new work from all 25 members of the artist cooperative. On top of that, each month their Featured Exhibit Gallery spotlights a single artist. Art Plus Gallery is open every day except Monday. For hours and special events visit www.artplusgallerypa.com.

As a photographer, Brian Clark is best known for unique takes on unique places–interesting angles, shadows, scenes and moods he’s captured in places such as Vienna, Munich, Bratislava, and the Alps. Cities and villages of France, the Basque region of Spain. London. Italy. Sri Lanka. Art Scene

Seeing and bringing out deep beauty from natural materials has been LeAnn Wolf’s passion since she was a little girl scouting for special stones in the hills of South Dakota. Precious metals and stones have been common facets in countless thousands of rings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets and earring pairs that LeAnn has created since 1999. Yet each is a one-of-a-kind design. Fan out her latest creations at any given time, and you feel like you’ve opened a treasure chest that’s also a testament to boundless imagination. Her design elements can range from Eastern philosophy to hobo symbols. Metals range from copper to gold, stones from amethyst to diamonds. She works with molten glass and fiery hot metal, as well as cold rolling mills. She has cutting edge jewelry-making equipment, while also applying secrets of ancient craftsmanship.

The Photography of Brian Clark

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One of her newest passions in keumboo, a Japanese technique for bonding gold to silver. “The silver must be pure,” LeAnn explains. “Sterling has additives to enhance its gloss and rigidity, which is an advantage in tableware, but not in fusing gold. For that, the silver must be 100% pure.” LeAnn is planning to offer a keumboo demonstration during the opening reception of her solo exhibit in mid-October.


The Artisan Jewelry of LeAnn Wolf

Exhibit runs October 1-30. Reception: Friday, Oct. 14, 5-8pm at Art Plus Gallery.


What’s going down at Art Plus Gallery

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For his November featured exhibit at Art Plus Gallery, Brian makes a triumphant return to basics. His show will focus on images of his Berks County hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania and the medium that he started with back in 2003: black and white photography. All of the B&W photos headlining November’s exhibit were taken in the last two years in Berks County. More than half are in the city of Reading, where Brian lives. “I’ve always liked the power and drama that black and white photography is capable of producing,” Brian explains. “You use tone and texture to capture the essence of your subject without the potential distraction of color.”


It starts as a block of wood. And not necessarily a very pretty one, to some. But to Tim Kravatz, the cracks, flaws and discolorations are an invitation to draw out extraordinary inner beauty. “We live in an imperfect world that constantly emphasizes perfection. I look for the throwaway woods containing cracks and flaws, and use those characteristics as a centerpiece in almost all of my work,” Tim explains. “It’s the flaws and imperfections that can bring out unique beauty. “Looking at the raw wood, I might see potential, but I usually don’t start with a pre-conceived vision of the finished piece. I follow what the wood reveals to me as it turns. I let the wood talk to me.” Tim listens well. Since he joined Art Plus in 2019, his craftsmanship has increasingly reflected more elements of fine artistry. There’s more sculpting, piercing, carving and staining in his hollow forms, which have grown in size as well as imagination. Even his smaller pieces continue to evolve. “During the holidays, my bracelets, birdhouses and ornaments tend to sell as fast as I make them, but I’ve never been tempted to mass produce,” Tim says. “Each piece of wood has its own story to tell, and I’m going to take the time to listen to it.”

• Chef Alan’s American Bistro (525 Penn Ave.): “Paintings Designed to Make You Smile” by Karen Weber. October thru December

• Double Sunrise Yoga (398 Penn Ave): Paintings by Kelsey Showalter

• West Reading Tavern (606 Penn Ave.): All-member Autumn Show through December

• Rebel Hive Meadery (530 Penn Ave.): Paintings by Steve Fabian & Don Gardner

• DoubleClick Computer (546 Penn Ave.): Photograin prints by Greg Didyoung thru Oct., Berks County Landscapes by Russell Slocum Nov-Dec.

Brian’s new black and white work will be the show’s main draw, but fans of his far-flung photographic odysseys will appreciate also seeing a section that includes new color images along with some of his all-time favorites. The exhibit will also be the first public unveiling of a new dimension in Brian’s artistic repertoire: abstract art. One panel of the gallery’s Featured Exhibit space will showcase acrylic paintings done by the artist this year. Show runs November 1-30. Reception: Friday, Nov. 11, 5-8pm at Art Plus Gallery.

• Bell Tower Salon Style (18 State Hill Rd., Wyomissing) Art Plus Gallery’s Fall Art Scene Collection

• Say Cheese! (600 Penn Ave.): Oct-Nov: Paintings by Helen Reinhold Gordon; Dec-Jan: Martha Ressler, Donna Unger

The Woodturning Artistry of Tim Kravatz

Show runs December 1-31. Reception: Friday, Dec. 9, 5-8pm at Art Plus Gallery. STARRING ARTISTS ON THE AVENUE: While you’re in the neighborhood, check out these other exhibits featuring Art Plus Gallery Members & Friends:

26 Avenues Fall 2022 Celebrating 16 Years West Reading’s Fall Festival Saturday, September 17th, 11am-7pm! Celebrating its 16th year and coming just a few days before the official first day of Fall is West Reading’s Fall Fest on Saturday, September 17th, 2022, from 11-7pm. Spanning the 400-700 blocks of Penn Avenue, the streets are closed so festival goers can indulge in craft and retail vendors, including a wide array of food and beverage choices, including beer, wine, and spirits + music on three stages! As always there is plenty of fun for families including free bounce houses on 7th Avenue and other opportunities for creativity! Thank you to our 2022 Sponsor Customers Bank and Tower Health! Be sure to follow this event on our Visit West Reading FF Event Facebook page for all the latest updates! visitwestreading.com/west-reading-fall-fest/ Events

4th Avenue Stage at end of Block: Scotti Mann: 1:00 – 2:00 PM Scotti Mann: 2:15 – 3:15 PM Flight Risk: 3:30 – 4:30 PM Flight Risk: 4:45 – 5:45 PM Flight Risk: 6:00 – 7:00 PM

The Chairman Dances: 1:20 – 2:00 PM Daze Of My Youth: 2:20 PM – 3:20 PM

Dylan Zangwill: 1:10 – 1:55 PM Vince Rollins: 2:15 – 3:00 PM Die Tired: 3:20 – 4:10 PM

Ty Feherty Band: 4:30 – 5:30 PM

7th Avenue Stage: Look 10: 12:15 – 12:50 PM

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Dr. Money: 3:45 – 4:20 PM A.D. Blanco: 4:40 – 5:40 PM

Music lineup 6th Avenue Main Stage: Dance Your Dreams: 11:45 – 12:00 PM Creatures of Content: 12:00 – 1:00 PM

4th Avenue Stage at Nitro Bar: Beer & Pretzels: 3:00 – 3:50 PM

Lisa Christ Superstar: 4:15 – 5:00 PM

Big Fat Meanies: 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Mighty Joe Castro & the Gravamen: 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Flux Capacitor: 7:00 – 8:30 PM


By Jess Santucci, Marketing Director, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

Pumpkin Palooza at CenterGoggleWorksfortheArts

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Beyond the pumpkin, the 10th annual Arts Festival Reading and Holiday Market opens the handmade shopping season the first weekend in December on Saturday the 3rd & Sunday the 4th from 10am-5pm. Arts Festival Reading and Holiday Market is the premier destination for all of your handcrafted holiday needs from some of the country’s finest artists, artisans, and craftspeople. The two-day event sprawls over the GoggleWorks campus and features numerous exhibiting artists as well as 35 juried studio artists across multiple floors. You can also sample delicious locally sourced food, enjoy live multi-media artist demonstrations, live music, and performances. Invite your friends to try their hand at art making with a guided workshop in the hot glass, fused glass, or flameworking studios. Arts Festival Reading and Holiday Market is your one-stop shop to make one-of-a-kind memories with your loved ones and transform your holiday season with unique interactions with art!

F inally, something that felt like a real summer! We all had the amazing opportunity to get out and be creative, curious, and explore together again. From dance and draw at First Fridays, spray bottle watercolor painting at ReadingPride, and live demos and interactives at Art on the Ave, you joined GoggleWorks and found exciting new experiences to interact with art. But don’t stop there. While the nights are getting longer and the days are starting to cool off, that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. GoggleWorks is excited to keep inviting you to join us in celebrating two of our most beloved autumnal events. Kicking off autumn, GoggleWorks will be hosting the 8th annual Pumpkin Palooza, which will take place on Sunday, October 9th from 12-3pm. This family friendly event is free and will be held outdoors on GoggleWorks’ campus. Keep a keen eye on our social media in the two weeks leading up to Pumpkin Palooza for a chance to participate in a community pumpkin hunt! Using Instagram clues to locate small businesses around the community, discover your own pumpkin treasure. On October 9th, come out and celebrate all things pumpkin! Browse the handblown glass pumpkin patch, including the limited edition 2022 pumpkins, for a new addition to your collection or if you’re feeling more hands-on, you can register for the make-your-own pumpkin workshops in hot glass, fused glass, flameworking, or metals. Other experiences awaiting you at Pumpkin Palooza feature a handmade pumpkin hunt on the grounds of GoggleWorks, cider tasting, food trucks, live music, kids activities, artist alley, and the ever popular gourd slingshot! So grab your favorite shopping buddy, your special someone, or your pumpkin loving kiddos and help GoggleWorks welcome in the season of the pumpkin!


O ne of the great things about living in or visiting West Reading is that just a short trip across the Penn Street Bridge opens up even more possibilities for entertainment — for instance: the annual Reading Blues Fest, presented by Berks Arts! This celebration of traditional blues, and its contemporary subgenres, will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading from Thursday, Nov. 17 through Sunday, Nov. 20. Guests can hang out at downtown Reading’s award-winning hotel for an evening, an entire day or more, enjoying concerts, blues-themed lunches and brunches and late-night after-parties.

Headliners for this year’s festival include Tab Benoit with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Sugaray Rayford with Vanessa Collier, Eric Gales with Dawn Tyler Watson, The Blood Brothers: Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia, BC Blue, The Dave Mell Blues Band, Dave Keyes, Dave Keller Trio, and more. These artists represent 24 BMA awards, including three B.B. King Entertainer of the Year honors — Benoit in 2007 and 2012, and Rayford in 2020. This year, Reading Blues Fest has added a special Community Kickoff Concert on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Reading Liederkranz, starting at 6 p.m. at the club on Mount Penn overlooking Reading. Performing will be Clarence Spady & The Electric City Band featuring The Berks Horns, and Busker Incognito Trio hosting Crossroads Blues Jam before Spady takes the stage.

The rest of the concerts will be held in the DoubleTree’s Grand Ballroom and in its nightclub, Cheers.

November 17-20,

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Ticketing levels for the Reading Blues Fest range from an all-inclusive VIP package that includes a two-night stay at the DoubleTree, to tickets for individual concerts. For more information, visit www.readingbluesfest.com.

Getting the fest started on Friday at 11:30 a.m. will be The Bluesmasters, featuring bassist Bennie Sims, keyboardist Cliff Starkey and saxophonist/vocalist Erich Cawalla. This nowtraditional blues lunch will be held at the iconic Peanut Bar Restaurant in downtown Reading, which will also host The Dave Mell Blues Band for a blues dinner Saturday night.

T he ReadingFilm office will present the 8th annual ReadingFilmFEST October 27 thru 30, 2022. Dubbed the “Filmmakers Film Festival,” ReadingFilmFEST supports regional and global filmmakers by connecting them with Greater Reading’s culturally diverse and vibrant community. ReadingFilmFEST has been rated as a Top 100 reviewed festival, chosen from over 6000 festivals worldwide. The festival is well attended by enthusiastic audiences, who enjoy meeting the creators of the films and learning more about their work.

Events 8th Annual ReadingFilmFEST 30 Avenues Fall 2022 October 27-30, 2022

ReadingFilmFEST is more than going to the movies: the 4-day event incorporates the region’s vibrant arts scene; integrating fine art, great food, music, and dance into its events to provide filmmakers and filmgoers a rich and unique experience. Each year 50-60 filmmakers travel from around the region and around the world to Greater Reading for the festival. Filmmakers whose films are accepted into the festival receive VIP treatment that includes free lodging, workshops, a location tour, and networking opportunities with industry professionals, including film distribution companies. The festival receives submissions from filmmakers on every continent, giving viewers insight into the human experience across the globe. Since its inception, filmmakers have traveled from all over the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South Americas, Iran, Great Britain, and even Australia to be a part of the festival.


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visitwestreading.org 31 ReadingFilm collaborates with a host of community partners in its efforts to present exceptional programs and activities during the festival. The 8th Annual ReadingFilmFEST will include: • 50+ independent films and filmmakers from around the globe • A special “Made in Reading” category open to Berks County filmmakers and/or films produced in the region • 2nd Annual Screenplay Competition • LUNAFEST, the world’s first all-women traveling film festival • Workshops for youth and emerging filmmakers • Rocky Horror Picture Show with live shadow cast featuring Aimee Vanite • A location tour of Greater Reading for visiting filmmakers • Celebrity guest appearances • Art, music, and dance • Concerts, parties, and more!

Although, ReadingFilmFEST is the film office’s biggest event of the year, the organization provides so much more. ReadingFilm provides year-round programming leading up to the international film festival that is designed to engage, entertain, and educate. As a new independent non-profit 501(c)(3), the organization plans to re-build the ReadingFilm office with the mission of creating a vibrant film production community for Berks County. This work not only enhances the arts community, but also creates new economic development opportunities for Greater Reading. The region offers filmmakers a plethora of location choices, a new film studio, ReadingFilm Studios, and significant savings on goods and services over larger cities in the region. Benefits go beyond economic impact. Film production infuses communities with excitement, pride, and serves as a draw for tourism. According to Cammie Harris, Executive Director of ReadingFilm, “We look forward to bringing Hollywood to Greater Reading!” out West Reading! We may have a movie filmed on the Avenue soon!

32 Avenues Fall 2022 Events E very 2nd Friday of the month, the West Reading shops and restaurants celebrate with “2nd Friday on the Avenue” hosted by the West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation (WRCRF). 2nd Friday on the Avenue is a time to celebrate and recognize our independent shops and locally owned restaurants! Find events and more by searching Visit West Reading on Facebook and Instagram! LIVE MUSIC 6-8pm at 6th & Penn Avenues September 9: Inspector 12 + Egon & The Slimers October 14: Noah Gibney Trio West Reading is 100% committed to serving our community. We invite the public to share their 2nd Friday adventures on our social media. Tag us on Instagram: @VisitWestReading #visitwestreading #liveyourwestlife Facebook: Visit West Reading Twitter: @VisitWestRDG Visit WRCRF’s website visitwestreading.org to learn more about our merchants, upcoming events and the Sunday Farmers Market. 2nd Friday on the Avenue is a collaboration between the West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation and West Reading Merchants. The WRCRF is a 501(c)3 registered organization. visitwestreading.com/2nd-friday-on-penn-ave/

visitwestreading.org 33 West Reading Farmers Market The West Reading Farmers Market is open weekly, every Sunday from 9am-1pm and highlights the very best in locally grown food. The producer-only market features locally grown fruits and vegetables, pasture raised beef, pork, and poultry, farm fresh eggs, fresh cut flowers, artisan pastries and breads, local beer & spirits, kombucha, hand-made pasta, local honey, and value added products made with locally sourced ingredients. We are committed to supporting and promoting the rich agricultural history of Berks County! Marketwww.facebook.com/WestReadingFarmersMarketSchedule Weekly markets, 9am-1pm: EVERY Sunday, May-Dec 2022 500 Block of Penn Ave + 6th Ave between Penn & Cherry Visit www.GrowingRootsPartners.com/West-Reading for up to date information, including a weekly line-up of producers or to subscribe to the market newsletter. FARMERS B & H Organic Produce Bleiler’s Produce Patch Fungified Farm Keim Orchards The Rustic Bunch Soul AmazingBloomAcres Goat Dairy Wyebrook Farm BAKERS + SWEET TREAT MAKERS The Daily Loaf Every Soul Vegan Bakery Green Lion/Heart Stone N(our)ish Gluten-Free Bakery Valentine Chocolate Co. Le Petit Macaron Shoppe DRINK MAKERS Deer Creek Malt Five Saints Distilling High Point Kombucha Hill Road Coffee Roasters Locust Lane Craft Brewery Perk Up ShelteredTruckValley Cider Sleepy Cat Urban Winery Under the Bridge Cider FOOD MAKERS Digga’s GourmetHottiesPeanut Butter & More Healthy Delight Cooking Oils Oley SundryRavioliMornings MAKERS Bee Our Guest Betula’s Botanica Happy Dance Pet Bakery SERVICES Seven Stars Sharpening

October 1st through January 8th Reading Public Museum 500 Museum Park Road, Reading

The Miller Center Music Festival

The Sufferers

September 20th at 7:30 p.m. Miller Center for the Arts, RACC 4 North Second Street, Reading Guts & Glory 2022 Saturday, September 24th 10am-3pmPennState Berks Campus Perkins Plaza Event Lawn

34 Avenues Fall 2022 Events Here is just a sampling of the events, programs, and exhibits you’ll find in the Avenues community! Check out what we gathered here to give you just a taste of what all our amazing venues have to offer. Please visit the websites of each location for their full schedules and further details.

September 17th at 10:00 a.m. Goggleworks Gardens, Walnut and North 3rd Streets, Reading Fall Fest Saturday, September 17th

Miller Center for the Arts, RACC 4 North Second Street, Reading Reading Symphony Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #1

October 1st at 7:30pm

Santander Performing Arts Center 136 North 6th Street, Reading Da Vinci: The Exhibition October 1st through January 8th Reading Public Museum 500 Museum Park Road, Reading Indigenous Identities: Portraits of Native Americans in the Civil War Era

11am-7pmPennAvenue, West Reading 2022 Berks Recovery Walk Saturday, September 17th 10am-12pmReadingArea

SEPTEMBER 2nd Friday Friday, September 9th Live Music 6-8pm Inspector 12 + Egon & The Slimers Incognito with Maysa September 16th at 7:30pm Santander Performing Arts Center 136 North 6th Street, Reading Garden Volunteer Day: Autumn Equinox Celebrations

Community College

September 24th Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute AT 8:30PM (TIX REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT) FREE COURTYARD CONCERT BEGINS AT 3:00PM

September 24th at 7:30PM Santander Performing Arts Center 136 North 6th Street, Reading Who’s Bad – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience September 30th at 7:30 p.m. Santander Performing Arts Center 136 North 6th Street, Reading OCTOBER Night at The Museum –Fall fundraiser and opening the fall exhibition, Da Vinci: The Exhibition October 1st at 6:00 p.m. Reading Public Museum 500 Museum Park Road, Reading Clay Walker and Tracy Byrd

153 North 10th Street, Reading One Night in Memphis October 6th at 7:30 p.m.

October 16th at 8:00 p.m.

Genesius Theatre


October 11th at 6:00 p.m. Santander Performing Arts Center 136 North 6th Street, Reading David Sedaris, Humorist October 13, 2022 AT 7:30 p.m. Miller Center for the Arts, RACC 4 North Second Street, Reading 2nd Friday Friday, October 14th Live Music 6-8pm Noah Gibney Trio Art Garfunkel October 14th at 7:30pm Santander Performing Arts Center

October 2nd at 7:00pm Santander Arena 700 Penn Street, Reading Avenue Q 2004 Tony Award Triple Crown Winner

Sunday, October 16th West Reading The Price is Right Live

Danny Kissel, winner of Outrageous Pumpkins, Carving Giant Pumpkins (outdoor bar serving cocktails to go) October 15th from 12:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. West Reading Tavern, 606 Penn Avenue, West Reading Gabriel Iglesias

35 Ozuna, Ozutochi World Tour

Santander Arena 700 Penn Street, Reading Reading Hospital Road Run

Miller Center for the Arts, RACC 4 North Second Street, Reading Walker Hayes – Glad You’re Here Tour

October 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, Sundays at 3:00 p.m., all other nights at 7:30 p.m.

October 19th at 7:30 p.m.

October 8th through January 14th Reading Public Museum 500 Museum Park Road, Reading Pumpkin Palooza Sunday, October 9th 12-3pmGoggleWorks Center for the Arts Blues Clues and You – Live Onstage

October 7th at 7:00 p.m. Santander Arena 700 Penn Street, Reading American Adventure Exhibition

136 North 6th Street, Reading 8th Annual West Reading Tavern Pumpkin Fest

Santander Performing Arts Center 136 North 6th Street, Reading Parsons Dance October 21st at 7:30 p.m.

Miller Center for the Arts, RACC 4 North Second Street, Reading

October 27th (Contact the museum for time.)

October 23rd (Contact the museum for times.)

October 22nd at 5:00pm Santander Arena 700 Penn Street, Reading Wizard Academy October 22nd at 4:00 p.m. Miller Center for the Arts, RACC 4 North Second Street, Reading Safe Trick or Treat in the Galleries

Reading Public Museum 500 Museum Park Road, Reading Reading Film FEST

November 4 – 6, See website for showtimes

Santander Events… Santander-arena.com

Miller Center for the Arts, RACC 4 North Second Street, Reading Jeff Dunham

Reading Community Players 403 N. 11th Street, Reading Reading Royals

November 17th – 20th

November 19th at 7:30 p.m.

Miller Center for the Arts… millercenter.racc.edu

Reading Public Museum… readingpublicmuseum.org

Arboretum Education Lecture Series (4th Tuesday of each month. Contact the museum for topics.)

Through October 21st Cohen Gallery West, 201 Washington Street, Reading Pirate School: Sea Dreams October 22nd at 1:00 p.m.

Including poetry and fiction by Edgar Allen Poe and contemporaries

October 28th at 7:00 p.m. Yocum Institute for Arts Education 3000 Penn Avenue, West Lawn Rocky Horror Picture Show

October 29th at 5:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.

Genesius Theatre… genesiusdifference.org Yocum Institute for Arts Education… www.yocuminstitute.org

November 5th at 7:30pm Santander Performing Arts Center 136 North 6th Street, Reading Disney Princess – The Concert

Santander Performing Arts Center 136 North 6th Street, Reading Reading Blues Fest

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November 4, 5, 18 & 20 (Various Game Times)

GoggleWorks… goggleworks.org

DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Ongoing Reading Public Museum Events Monthly Senior Series (last Friday of each month. Contact the museum for topics.)

Berks Jazz Fest… berksjazzfest.com

2022 GoggleWorks Summer Artists in Residents Exhibition

Venues Art Plus Gallery… artplusgallerypa.com

Reading Public Museum 500 Museum Park Road, Reading 11th Dinner Series Kickoff with Wine or Cocktail Pairing

Reading Royals

Neag Planetarium, Reading Public Museum 500 Museum Park Road, Reading The Fab Four October 29th at 7:30pm Santander Performing Arts Center 136 North 6th Street, Reading

October 29 & 30 (Various Game Times)

Reading Community Players… www.readingcommplayers.com

October 27th – 30th Poe’s Unhappy Hour

Santander Arena 700 Penn Street, Reading Reading Symphony Orchestra – Holst: The Planets

Santander Arena 700 Penn Street, Reading NOVEMBER Plaza Suite at Reading Community Players


On the Avenues Art on the Avenue Recap

Art on the Avenue kicked off with Safe Berks Walk for No More. The day began a bit windy and cloudy, but the sun finally appeared. The booth spaces were completely sold out for the first time ever! Many thanks to our sponsors Tower Health and Customers Bank. In addition, thank you to everyone who participated including artists, business merchants, local vendors, musicians, and volunteers for making it an awesome event.

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