By Zoe Satterthwaite, Greater Reading Chamber Alliance Storytelling Intern
Get ready for a night of fabulous fashion and fun! The West Reading Fashion Show on Feb. 25 will bring together local boutiques and community members. The fashion show, hosted by the West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation (WRCRF) has nine regional stores presenting their hottest styles down the runway at Eight20 Events in Wyomissing. The fashions will include gowns, lingerie, footwear and more. Those who purchase a VIP ticket will receive a complimentary glass of champagne and an exclusive swag bag, as well as other exciting perks.
Assisting the WRCRF in creating this fantastic event is Be Mine Boutique owner Alison Pakradooni. Students from Albright College’s Club Vogue also will be volunteering during the show. Last year’s show, held at Nitro Bar on Penn Avenue, was a fantastic success and even included an after show hosted by local music collective Mother of Worlds.
Although the focus of the event is fashion, it also celebrates the unity and resilience of neighborhood entrepreneurs. The past three years have not been the easiest for local business owners, but their ability to persevere and continue to work towards creating an amazing community is inspiring. Events like the West Reading Fashion Show are vital in expanding and promoting the Greater Reading area.
“The strength of the West Reading boutiques and independent merchants is evident when producing a growing event like the West Reading Fashion Show. I appreciate the enthusiasm of the merchants and volunteers in the Fashion Show Committee. Without their vision and resources, this locally focused event would not be possible,” said WRCRF Event Coordinator Emily Branch.
As an exciting edition to this year’s show, participating boutiques will have exclusive promotions and sales starting on Thursday, Feb. 23. Consider taking a stroll down Penn Avenue and supporting the shops prior to their fashion show debut.
Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased here.
*Photos courtesy of Anthony Matz