10 10, 2021

Changing Demographics and Revitalization

2021-10-10T12:09:40-04:00October 10th, 2021|Businesses-Industry, History|Comments Off on Changing Demographics and Revitalization

By 2045, the U.S. will be a majority minority nation. During that year, whites will comprise 49.7 percent of the population in contrast to 24.6 percent for Hispanics, 13.1 percent for blacks, 7.9 percent for Asians, and 3.8 percent for multiracial populations. This [...]

2 09, 2021

John F. Boyer’s Old Reliable Stables

2021-09-02T14:09:23-04:00September 2nd, 2021|Businesses-Industry, History|Comments Off on John F. Boyer’s Old Reliable Stables

The oldest and largest establishment of its kind in this part of the State, Jno. F. Boyer’s old reliable stables, have long been recognized as unrivalled for efficiency of service and complete facilities in all matters connected with horses and general livery business. [...]

2 09, 2021

Reading Beer Just Memory

2021-09-02T09:19:23-04:00September 2nd, 2021|Breweries, Businesses-Industry|Comments Off on Reading Beer Just Memory

In 1976, due to the rise of larger macro breweries, Reading Brewing Company ceased operations. The following article appeared in the April 15, 1976 edition of the Reading Times newspaper. The Reading Brewing Co. was filling its Bergheim cans today with premium [...]

2 09, 2021

Reading Brewing Company

2021-09-02T09:09:25-04:00September 2nd, 2021|Breweries, Businesses-Industry|Comments Off on Reading Brewing Company

The Reading Brewing Company was founded in 1886 by Philip Bessinger with a brewery at Ninth and Laurel streets in Reading. The beer was originally called Old Reading Beer and was marketed as a Pennsylvania Dutch beer. The brewery began with a production [...]

26 04, 2021

St. Lawrence Dairy and Luncheonette

2021-06-04T12:03:20-04:00April 26th, 2021|Businesses-Industry|0 Comments

St. Lawrence Luncheonette was a large and popular eatery that once hosted customers at 535 Penn Street. It was owned and operated by the St. Lawrence Dairy. Its ice cream and soda was understandably the most popular part of this operation. Below: Interior, [...]

19 01, 2021

Farmers-Kissinger Market, 800 block of Penn Street, Reading

2021-06-04T12:07:30-04:00January 19th, 2021|Businesses-Industry|0 Comments

The Farmers-Kissinger Market was located on the South side of the 800 block of Penn Street, Reading. It was opened around Memorial Day of 1871. Below: Farmers-Kissinger Market in the late 1960s. The market relocated to new commercial space in the same block [...]

19 01, 2021

Harry S. Kline – the Soft Pretzel Man at Fifth and Penn Streets, Reading

2021-06-04T12:07:30-04:00January 19th, 2021|Businesses-Industry|0 Comments

Years back, before suburban malls lured shoppers away from in town, Penn Street was teeming with pedestrians from morning to night. Around the holidays, sidewalks were thronged to the extent the only way to pass people was a side-run out in the street. [...]

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