Profiles

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Katelyn Kline Owner, Homemade Bakers Co.Lives in Fleetwood What do you wish others knew about living in Greater Reading that you’ve discovered?I’ve discovered Greater Reading to be diverse in a multitude of extraordinary ways. From the people we have to…

By Brittney Baker Shurr, Association Executive, Reading-Berks Association of REALTORS® The Greater Reading area boasts a wide range of affordable urban, suburban and rural housing options and excellent regional connectivity. Recently, HomeArea.com named Reading as the number one city in…

Turf Technician, Newcastle Landscaping Lives in Reading What do wish others knew about living in Greater Reading that you’ve discovered?  I wish people knew how willing to help other people are — from something small, like directions to something major…

The largest center for the arts in the country calls Greater Reading home By Levi Landis, Executive Director, GoggleWorks Center for the Art People who make beautiful things also make great cities. At GoggleWorks Center for the Arts (GoggleWorks), a…

Chancellor, Pennsylvania State University Berks Lives in Reading What do wish others knew about living in Greater Reading that you've discovered? I am always interested in regions where there is a commitment to community engagement. I found in Greater Reading people, businesses,…

Occupation: Owner – The Berry Farm & Orchard; Owner – Honey Hollow Apiaries; Orchard & Specialty Crop Representative – Timac Agro What drew you to your current neighborhood? I heard that agriculture is the number one industry in Berks County.…

Occupation: Johnathan: Third Grade Teacher – Reading School District; Shenaye: Mental Health Consultant – Ephrata Area School District What drew you to your current neighborhood? We love the architecture of the historic district and the sense of community in the…

Occupation: Owner – Events by Kelly’s Florist; Horticulture Instructor – Berks Career and Technology Center What drew you to your current neighborhood? I am Leesport born and raised! I live on the tree farm that I grew up on and…

Occupation: Heidi: Owner/Photographer – Heidi E Reuter Photography; Chris: Traffic Engineer What drew you to your current neighborhood? We both bought a home in West Reading 10 years ago! For Chris, it is was the convenience to work via 422…

“The Greater Reading area boasts a wide range of affordable urban, suburban and rural housing options and excellent regional connectivity. Recently, HomeArea.com named Reading as the number one city in Pennsylvania for buyers! In analyzing the median income level divided…

Occupation: Ethan: Teacher – Reading School District; Chrissy: Owner – MADE Jewelry Boutique & Studio; Maeta – Daughter What drew you to West Reading? We first purchased the property in West Reading to open my jewelry business, MADE Jewelry Boutique…

Share on facebook Share on google Share on twitter Share on linkedin Ever wonder how far your dollar goes? It pays to live in Greater Reading. Here in Greater Reading, we know the answer, thanks to new data from the…

WORK

The 2022 top employers in Greater Reading, PA (Berks County) reflect the industry-diverse mix of both largest companies and industries in the community. And while transportation and warehousing grew in 2022, manufacturing and healthcare remain at the top.CompanyEmploymentEast Penn Manufacturing…

Occupation: Chiropractor – Keystone Specific Chiropractic Center Why Hellein loves working in Greater Reading: Born and raised in the Pittsburgh metropolitan of Latrobe, Penn., Hellein found her way to Reading, Penn., after a chiropractic trip to London. A fellow chiropractor…

Why the Maack’s love working for US Anodize.: US Anodize is a 3rd generation family business where both Greg and Jamey have worked and learned every position within the company. US Anodize is the single source for custom aluminum anodizing…

Why Skipper loves working for Reading Truck Body: Bruce Skipper was drawn to Reading Truck Body after high school graduation. After 50 year, Skipper calls Reading Truck Body home and considers his peers family. When asked what one fact someone…

Why Daubenspeck loves working for MCAM: Howie Daubenspeck found out about his current employer by accident. He was working for another company when a friend encouraged him to apply. He was hired, and the opportunities within the company have continued…

Why Gibson loves working for Met-Ed – FirstEnergy Corp.: Gibson was drawn to her role at Met-Ed – FristEnergy because she wanted to learn more about the infrastructure of our electrical system. It helped that they offered great benefits, a…

Learn more about Berks County’s newest workforce program! Berks Latino Workforce Development Corporation (BLWDC) is seeking to bridge the skills gap and reduce poverty in Berks County, PA. BLWDC offers culturally minded workforce and economic development interventions by implementing industry-certified…

Why Hein loves working for Brute Athletic Apparel: Hein began his career with Brute Athletic Apparel right after he graduated from Alvernia University. Having earned an undergraduate degree and MBA in sports management and being a college athlete, he was…

Why Papoutsis loves working for Arkema Inc.: Papoutsis came to Arkema Inc. after working for a larger organization where he worked long hours and struggled to find a good work-life balance. “The Birdsboro Arkema plant was just the right size…

Why Francis loves working for Misco Products Corporation: Francis started her career at Misco as an intern during her senior year in college. Her internship allowed her to find her passion in human resources. She still feels even after 5…

To understand an entrepreneur’s journey, one must recognize their challenges and appreciate the many tools and services it requires to go from a business plan to opening. Despite the difficulties that can often serve as barriers to success, a recent…

PLAY

Occupation: Founder – Gayatri Wellness; City Councilwoman – Reading PA District 1 Why Sihelnik loves playing in Greater Reading: Sihelnik loves to play in Greater Reading because she believes the area provides whatever your heart desires within a 15-minute car…

Greater Reading offers many unique places to perform yoga – warehouses, farms, rooftops, wineries, breweries, on top of Hawk Mountain or next to Blue Marsh Lake. BLDG. 7 Yoga, located in the heart of Wyomissing, offers multi-dimensional yoga classes for…

Career Development Develop your professional brand right here in Greater Reading — encompassing not only your work portfolio but also your personal style and your community impact. Professionals need to feel empowered, mentored, and supported. And they need to feel…

Rivertribe Outdoors opened in mid-2018 after its founding owner and local native, Jed Wright, purchased the former Schuylkill River Outdoors outfitter, based out of the Monocacy-Douglassville area. Wright began operations quickly after his acquisition, but had some false starts along…

Every year since 1991, an impressive array of jazz musicians, a dedicated staff of presenters from the nonprofit Berks Arts, thousands of fans and an army of volunteers gather to create Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. After the success of its…

Setter Ridge Vineyards was developed out of love for English Setters and winemaking. This family owned and operated winery specializes in dry European styled wines. Setter Ridge wine gets its distinctive palette from the farmlands and hillsides owned by the…

With repeating John Lennon faces on the ceiling and even more priceless memorabilia lining the walls, Long Trout Winery in Auburn, Penn. brings more than psychedelic fun ─ the wine selection is as groovy as the atmosphere. While most wineries…

In 2020, going out to eat feels like a vacation. If you want to feel like you have been transported to Santorini or Mykonos, Mazi is the place to go. Mazi is one of the newest restaurants in West Reading…

Greater Reading has a thriving wine scene. Whether you are looking for full bodied or light bodied red, white, rose, sparkling or dessert wine Greater Reading has it all. Deerfoot Vineyards and Winery is a small boutique winery located in…

The leaves are beginning to change colors, the air is becoming crisp, fall decorations are popping up and the smell of pumpkin spice is filling our senses indicating fall is on the horizon. Fall is a beautiful time in Greater…

Greater Reading is full of opportunities for outdoor sports such as biking, climbing and hiking making it a great place to play, but it also comes with unique opportunities for indoor sports as well. Berks County is home to not…

The days are getting cooler indicating that autumn is right around the corner. If you want to hold on to summer a little longer, you should try KOG Hill Winery’s best summer seller, Strawberry Lemon Sangria. KOG (King of Grapes)…

LEARN

Penn State Berks is preparing the students of today for the in-demand careers for tomorrow. With 20 baccalaureate degree programs, and the first two years of more than 275 degree programs that can be completed at other campuses, students have…

PA Dream Team Program The Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) is working collaboratively with schools, industry, and area stakeholders to create innovative programs that feature technical careers, STEM and CTE education to students, parents, and educators. With the assistance of the…

Providing access to career awareness and exploration opportunities for the more than 70,000 students in Berks County continues to be a top priority for the Career Ready Berks Alliance. The Alliance is a coalition of the 18 Berks County school…

For more than 40 years, the Berks Career & Technology Center (BCTC) has been providing career training options designed to help adult students meet their career goals! Adult students can enhance their current skills or train for a new career…

Alvernia’s brand new Reading CollegeTowne reconstruction at 401 North Penn Street in downtown Reading nears completion and awaits the arrival of students in August 2021. This exciting extension of Alvernia’s campus is designed as a strategic champion of economic redevelopment,…

As the oldest college in Berks County, Albright College is constantly evolving to meet the needs of the future. Today, key structural projects are being designed to connect all of the different ways that students learn in the 21st century. …

Fifty years ago, Reading Area Community College (RACC) was founded on October 1, 1971. Classes were held for the first time on October 13, 1971, with an enrollment of 265 students. The college operated from several buildings throughout Reading during…

Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health welcomed its inaugural class of 40 first-year medical students to its Wyomissing campus on August 2, 2021. The new, state-of-the-art academic building houses standardized patient exam rooms, an anatomy laboratory, small group…

To understand an entrepreneur’s journey, one must recognize their challenges and appreciate the many tools and services it requires to go from a business plan to opening. Despite the difficulties that can often serve as barriers to success, a recent…

With 5 colleges and universities in the Berks County footprint, it is easy to understand why Greater Reading has bragging rights to add LEARN to Live, Work, Play. Meet Greater RDG is always looking for the positivity in our community…

Community Stories

Curl Friends Sisters founded all-natural, hair-care business in Greater ReadingBy Rachel Kovach, Communications & Marketing Intern, GRCA Sisters Cory Dahlia Varona-Corniel and Nicol Varona Cancelmo, inspired by their curly hair struggles, created DN Organics to bring clean and safe hair-care products to…

Abilities in Motion (AIM) has announced the purchase of a new headquarters located at 755 Hiesters Lane in Reading, Pa. The new, fully accessible building will feature a larger space for onsite programming, future expansion and exciting community partnerships. Construction…

LEO Design has again expanded its local presence, as well as its range of services, with the opening of a new location. The company's move from its prior location in West Reading to 1295 Penn Avenue in Wyomissing enables LEO…

Fresh From the Farm Greater Reading is home to a variety of farmer’s markets By Alicia Ahakinian, Community Development Initiatives Team Intern, GRCA FAIRGROUNDS FARMER'S MARKET Fairgrounds Farmer’s Market is home to 65 family owned and operated stands selling farm-fresh…

Greater Reading Growing With Diversity By Isamac Torres-Figueroa, BSBA, Realtor, United Real Estate Strive 212 Our community is growing, a sign that people want to live, work and play in Greater Reading, Pennsylvania. We may not have the 24-hour culture…

Reading, PA listed in top 10 best places to retire in the US in 2022-2023 The U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 – 2023 Best Places to Retire recently ranked Reading, Pa as the 10th best place to retire in…

Kimberton Whole Foods has opened in Wyomissing. The store’s location in the Knitting Mills is the second location in Berks County. A Kimberton Whole Foods has been operating in Douglassville since 2007. The Wyomissing location is the Chester County-based grocery’s…

Katelyn Kline Owner, Homemade Bakers Co.Lives in Fleetwood What do you wish others knew about living in Greater Reading that you’ve discovered?I’ve discovered Greater Reading to be diverse in a multitude of extraordinary ways. From the people we have to…

A ribbon-cutting ceremony officially marked the launch of Amtrak's bus service that connects Reading and Pottstown with Philadelphia. The bus service started in June, and since then thousands have used it. Read More

Kutztown University and the Kutztown Community Partnership dedicated the Keith Haring Fitness Court at the fitness court location on the corner of Baldy Street and Normal Avenue, on the Kutztown University campus. The Keith Haring Fitness Collection is a limited…

Greater Reading’s diverse community allows you to easily travel the world through food - one restaurant, food truck or food stand at a time.AmericanAustin's Restaurant & Bar offers a variety of American dishes and drink options. The restaurant is casual,…

Manufacturing is a thriving industry in Greater Reading, Pennsylvania with a significant multiplier effect that supports a growing supply chain, jobs, and additional sectors. The manufacturing sector in Greater Reading touts:500+ companies30,000+ employees - the largest sector by employment and…