1 01, 2021

The End of an Era for the Outlet Industry in Wyomissing

2021-06-04T12:09:07-04:00January 1st, 2021|Businesses-Industry, News, Outlet|0 Comments

In 1970, M.O. Lee, then-president of VF Corp., introduced the outlet concept. But it was Kitty Solomon who helped spawn the outlet industry. Under the leadership of Kitty Solomon, the Berks County Pennsylvania Dutch Travel Association turned to tourism to increase area earnings. [...]

31 12, 2020

There’s a new A-Plus in downtown Reading

2021-06-04T12:09:07-04:00December 31st, 2020|Businesses-Industry, News|0 Comments

On Dec. 15, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for a new A-Plus convenience store at the corner of Fourth and Washington Streets. The 3,500 square-foot store, which sits across the courtyard of the Washington Tower apartment building's lobby, features typical products, such as [...]

28 12, 2020

Reading CollegeTowne | Alvernia University

2021-06-04T12:09:07-04:00December 28th, 2020|Schools|0 Comments

The remodeling and retrofitting of the former CNA building at 401 Penn Street in downtown Reading has started. Alvernia University finalized the purchase of the building on June 30, 2020. Below: CNA building at 401 Penn Street in downtown Reading. Click images to [...]

27 12, 2020

Workers begin renovation of the Madison Building

2021-06-04T12:09:07-04:00December 27th, 2020|Landmarks, News|0 Comments

The Madison Building at 400 Washington Street was sold for $2,500,000. Developer David Hasenfeld, owner of Madison 2020 LLC, New Castle, Delaware, has an adaptive reuse plan to create 85 high-end apartment units with both one and two-bedroom floor plans. [...]

24 12, 2020

Throwback to Pappy’s Pizza, Nichols Shopping Center

2021-06-04T12:09:07-04:00December 24th, 2020|Restaurants-Diners|0 Comments

Pappy's Pizza was a restaurant chain based out of Newark, Delaware...the territory ran from Ohio to Delaware and Allentown to Maryland. The chain was owned by a man and his two sons; one of the son's names was Mark Balick. Pappy's Pizza in [...]

20 12, 2020

The Cross and Star atop Mount Penn

2021-06-04T12:09:08-04:00December 20th, 2020|Christmas, Culture|0 Comments

In 1914, the youth group of First Baptist Church, Reading, began the annual Easter Dawn Service on top of Mount Penn, Reading. Below: Easter Dawn Service at the Reading Pagoda, 1914. The first service was held at the Pagoda, drawing several hundred people [...]

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