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The Must Do's
IN THE COMMUNITY

A Girl's Guide to the West Reading Experience
by Denise Drobnick

W

hen I moved to West Reading, I envisioned myself
walking the dogs down Penn Avenue every morning
in heels, pj's, and my fur coat - a la Carrie Bradshaw
in Sex and the City rushing to Miranda's side on New Year's Eve
in the snow. In reality, I'm in sweats and sneakers with bad hair
after a 5:30 am spin class, but this town still has a way of inspiring
my fun, fabulous, fashionable inner goddess. So listen up, women!

This is your primer on maximizing the West
Reading experience... presenting the "Must Do's."
You must have a coffee
date before work with
your best girlfriend.

This is a great way to start
the day and you have plenty
of options, such as Bold
Café, Benchwarmers, and
the West Reading Diner.
Over coffee, women go
deep.... the joys, the heartaches, the dreams.... it all
comes out. Before you
know it an hour has gone
by and you're late for work,
but you feel much lighter.
It's ok, just skip shampooing
and you might still make
it on time. I appreciate that Benchwarmers opens early at 6 am
because sometimes coffee with the Pagoda still shining brightly
on Mount Penn in the background is perfection.

You must eat crepes.

Taste of Crepes will instantly transport you to a Parisienne sidewalk café with its
cozy charm. Mixed fruits
with fresh whipped cream
on a warm, delicious crepe
is very soothing when you
are hashing out relationship
woes or discussing parenting strategies for other people's children. There are savory crepes
on the menu, too, so don't be afraid to plan a lunch date here with
the girls. Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucou.

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You must do the Wine Walk.

Several times per year the
LOVE Team organizes this
energetic evening. For $10
you get a shot glass-sized
cup and a list of participating
merchants. At each stop your
cup will be filled with that
grape liquid ladies love while
you shop. Seriously, wine and
shopping - what could be
better than this? A favorite
stop at past Wine Walks has
been Curious on the Avenue with its magical courtyard and carriage
house, and where the staff goes above and beyond with a delicious
spread of homemade snacks. Also Mixx Boutique, where hostess/
owner Julia Katerman knows wine makes women eager to model
her fun fashion. I came away with two sexy new dresses one Wine
Walk night with zero regrets. Look, I'm not naming names, but a
word of caution: at the end of the evening after you've shopped,
chatted with other Wine Walkers, and consumed a dozen or so
teensy tiny cups of wine, do not help yourself to the free wine
that might actually be the not-free whiskey at your final stop. Just
saying, it is frowned upon.
Speaking of fashion, you
must attend the premier
fall event, Giving Goes
Glam.

This annual fashion show
is a who's who of the West
Reading boutique scene with
proceeds going to a worthy
local cause, most recently
the Wyomissing Education
Foundation. I always gather a
group of my fashion-forward
friends, we put on party dresses and fun shoes, and head to
the Reading Museum's Neag
Planetarium for the evening.
After getting a photo and a
swag bag, we sample the cuisine of the area and settle in
for the show.



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