3 05, 2024

Hotel Junction, Pennsylvania Trust Co., Flowers by Helen Heck, Ollie’s Cocktail Lounge, Idaho Spud Bar, and Gift Sisters School of Dance

2024-05-03T13:37:45-04:00May 3rd, 2024|Businesses-Industry, Landmarks|0 Comments

The triangular-shaped building at the intersection of 8th and 9th streets was once known as the Flatiron Building, although its original name was the Hotel Junction, with the address 1012 N. 9th St. Reading has a few of these triangular structures, but none with [...]

17 03, 2024

Rosenbaum Clothier and Hatter – 700-702 Penn Street, Reading, PA

2024-03-17T13:54:22-04:00March 17th, 2024|Businesses-Industry, Uncategorized|0 Comments

In 1893, David Rosenbaum constructed one of Reading's most exquisite and ornamental structures. Mr. Rosenbaum moved to Reading in 1882 and purchased the property at 702 Penn Street and the southeast corner lot at Seventh and Penn Streets, where he founded his Clothier [...]

31 08, 2023

The History of Carvel Ice Cream in Berks County

2023-08-31T14:44:36-04:00August 31st, 2023|Businesses-Industry|0 Comments

Carvel has had a presence in Berks County since its early days. In 1949, the company opened one of its first stores outside of New York at 3320 North Fifth Street Highway in Muhlenberg Township. The 40-by-50-foor Carvel store on the Fifth Street [...]

12 02, 2022

The 400 Block of Penn Street

2022-02-12T06:12:31-04:00February 12th, 2022|Businesses-Industry, Culture, Department Stores|Comments Off on The 400 Block of Penn Street

Everything could be bought in that 400 block, from food to a diamond, from tires to a clock. Below: 400 block of Penn Street. North Side. First there was Kins for fine ladies to shop, and Pep Boys and Charles Auto Took good [...]

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 [...]

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