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Letter from the Manager

Bouncing Back...
by Mark Ratcliffe, Main Street Manager

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 Greek Inspired, Simply BOLD,
BGreen Deli, Rise Up Nutrition, Dressed in Love Bridal Suite,
Empire Home Center, Finch + Fern, Coral Reef Connection,
Citrine by Kimberly Salon, Double Sunrise Yoga, Rebel Hive
Meadery, Be Mine Boutique, and Mad J's BBQ to name a few,
we are stronger than ever. West Reading's strength comes from
20 years of commitment from 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 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 (William
H. Diller Jewelers 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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