Success Stories

Gehris Tile...

Specializing in custom and unique tiles and installation, Gehris Tile has been in business since 1949, and part of the West Reading community since 1987. Owners Rich and Linda Gehris enjoy the personalized small town appeal, combined with good visibility and traffic flow. “As the borough goes through so many positive changes, each business benefits from the partnership! We can’t imagine doing business anywhere
else,” comments Rich.

Celtic Myth and Moonlight...

Joining the West Reading family in 2003, Celtic Myth and Moonlight offers the feeling of an old, authentic English or Scottish shop retailing everything celtic from pewterware to tapestries, celtic crosses, intricate knot work designed jewelry, decorative fairies, journals, swords, and Renaissance clothing. Owners Dot Knowles and Sandi Ludwig feel the future growth of West Reading and the increasing diversity of eclectic and unique shops will offer consumers a full and varied shopping experience.

Earth Rhythms...

In 1993, Mark Seaman opened Earth Rhythms, a specialty store offering African, Middle Eastern and Latin imported hand drums, because he liked the variety of the surrounding businesses and the affordability of the space. “The growth we see in this community is creating an exclusive, upscale shopping district with great energy.” The uniqueness of Earth Rhythms also includes a children’s instrument section (music lessons are offered), corporate team and community building workshops using music and rhythm, as well as global music education school assembly programs.

In 2003, Mark combined efforts with Celtic Myth and Moonlight and Lotus Boutique in a shared space concept, or as Mark terms it, “symbiotic marketing with like-minded businesses.” “Our shared visions and similar products and services appeal to the same customer market . . . together we offer in-store classes including bead making and basic drumming,” notes Mark. Earth Rhythms, Celtic Myth and Moonlight and Lotus Boutique see West Reading becoming a “destination” shopping experience . . . offering a wide variety of distinct and unique stores that give shoppers a “reason” to visit West Reading!


“West Reading attracts a more discerning customer who is clearly interested in uniqueness and quality . . . a shopping experience comparable to that of 30-40 years ago when emphasis was on service and knowing your product inside and out. The demographics offer a wonderful mix of businesses.”

Tim Gallagher, Owner of Stafford & Banks Jewelers

– Tim Gallagher, Owner
Stafford & Banks Jewelers

West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation
500 Chestnut Street
West Reading, PA 19611

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