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Curious on the Avenue
Curious On the Avenue, 605 Penn Avenue, West Reading, www.curious-on-the-avenue.com
Owners: Patricia Kotch and Melissa Jamula, Manager: Cynthia Angstadt

When did you open up on the Avenue?

We opened as Curious on the Avenue the summer of 2014. We
were fortunate to have the opportunity to purchase an existing
business and beautiful property. Before we took over, Curious
was opened for business for about 8 years.

Why did you choose West Reading?

West Reading is the perfect location for a small business. There
is a community of small business owners on Penn Avenue and
in our surrounding area. Borough officials and our Police Department are responsive and supportive. Residents take pride in
their neighborhoods. And, we are fortunate to be in a location
that attracts a significant volume of walk-in customers. We appreciate that local hotels suggest Penn Avenue as a place to visit.
Restaurants, retail and a wide range of services are all within a
few short blocks.

What kind of foot traffic do you have?

We're fortunate to have significant foot traffic - from local residents who know and love West Reading and from customers
from out of town who hear about the variety and quality of
shops and restaurants on Penn Avenue.

What kind of products do you sell?

Our shop is so much fun - and so Curious - because we sell such
a wide range of products. And, our inventory changes week-toweek. We sell everything from antiques, to gently used, to brand
new items. We sell fun, fabulous, one-of-a-kind furniture, art,
accessories, and treasures! We sell beautiful glassware and stained
glass. We sell old vinyl and collectors' signed and authenticated
pictures. We sell garden art and fountains. And, we sell high-end,
consigned men's and women's clothing.

What is your most popular item sold?

By volume, women's clothing is our most popular item sold. But
we find that returning customers have their favorite. People who
have gardens often find an unusual item when they visit; people
who value the history of items search through our old pottery
and glassware. Customers looking for that one piece of furniture
or one lamp to freshen their home come to Curious.

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What should people know about your store?

We're a fun place to shop! Chances are, you'll find a treasure at
Curious. New customers are surprised to discover that our shop
is so much larger than they imagined, all enveloped in a cozy
atmosphere. We have three floors in our 'house', an enchanting
garden, and a beautiful carriage house. We love fun events! It's
not unusual to discover live music at Curious. You might have
the opportunity to sing a song or do a dance for a discount or
give-away. And, you can rent our garden for small events. It's the
perfect location for a shower or a cocktail party!


http://www.curious-on-the-avenue.com

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