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Bouncing back
By Mark Ratcliffe, Main Street Manager,
West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation

W

est Reading, like everyone
else, took a hit during the
pandemic, but thanks to
our loyal customers and our great
mix of restaurants and retailers, West
Reading has started to bounce back.
Since the first of the year, West Reading
has lost nine merchants. Most were
long-time staples that we are sad to
see go, but we also had a group of
new merchants who had just opened
or were planning to open when the
virus hit. Those new business owners
pushed forward and are going to come
out of this stronger than ever. We have
also been fortunate to have even more
new businesses open or are working to
open by the end of the year.

When I tell people we have had
double the amount of businesses open
or planning to open than have closed,
they can't believe it. With new businesses like Mazi, Park Road Cafe, BGreen
Deli, Rise Up Cafe, Dressed in Love
Bridal, Empire Home Store, Finch and
Fern, Coral Reef Connection, Citrine
by Kimberly Salon, Double Sunrise
Yoga, Rebel Hive Meadery, Zifts, Be Mine Boutique, Cherry's Jamaican,
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and Willow Creek Brewery to name a few, we are stronger than ever.
West Reading's strength comes from 20 years of commitment from
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our city leaders to invest in and support our Main Street. As many
areas throughout the county have found, as Main Street goes, so do 4c
their neighborhoods. If you have a strong Main Street, you also will
have a strong community. We feel fortunate to have such a strong
community and want to thank everyone for their support during this
tough time and for helping us bounce back!
Looking forward, holidays in West Reading are one of the many
reasons why living in this area can be so rewarding. From our shops, to
the decorations, to caroling and carriage rides, West Reading is full of
life during the holidays. Although this year might be a little different,

we will still see the same decorations
and a street full of life. Check out the
store windows (Dillers is one of my
favorites) and simply stroll the avenue.
If you want to go venture off Penn
Avenue, check out our mural corridor
on Cherry Street. We now have more
than 30 murals on Cherry and 45
borough wide. The latest are on Court
Street, and this is a great way to socially
distance and get a little exercise. All of
the murals have QR codes now so you
can learn what inspired the artists and,
in some cases, hear from the artist in
their own voice. We look forward to
seeing everyone downtown soon to
check out our new shops, have a drink,
a meal and enjoy life in a community
rich with art, entertainment and the
holiday spirit.

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