| Success Stories
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.
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.
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,
Stafford & Banks Jewelers