Monday, November 15, 2010


West Reading PA

I live in Springmont a suburb of Reading. This is were I have lived all my life. I love it here. It will be safe to say that I will never be leaving this town. Steve and I always say that we are going to retire and live in NYC for at least 6 month to a year just to have that experience.  But I will always have a place in Reading. It is home to me.

On Saturday I went to Hello Bluebird in West Reading armed with my camera to take pictures for my blog. I was so please when I came in. When I saw my paintings behind the counter I was so excited. They looked beautiful there.

This is Hello Bluebird as you come in the door. See my "Leaning on a Friend" hanging behind the counter?

Alex is Hello Bluebirds Owner. She is such a sweet person. She makes you feel comfortable immediately.

Here are the card and print sections. See my prints in the basket.
Adorable children's section. There are a lot of handmade clothing by
The clothing is adorable. Nothing like handmade clothing. Rebecca has such a great whimsical touch.  Check her out on etsy. I was brought with handmade clothing. My mother made all my clothing and also knitted all my sweaters. Nothing like it to make you feel special.

So much good stuff. She also has an upstairs full of clothing and goodies.

After I left Hello Bluebird I went toooooooooo

Doesn't look like much but wait until you see inside....

Ohhhhh the cupcakes are to die forrrrrr. I am not kidding. Many a times have I just sat there with a cup of coffee and cupcake. Yummmmmmmmmmm. Makes me droollllllllll. I had the Chocolate Chocolate.

Down the street is Good Eatz. A little Green Cafe. Delicious!!! Some more Yummmmm.

A Frog?????

 This store has all kinds of drums and all kinds of goodies. I didn't go inside because I was short on time. The Zen Den.

A little Celtic Store in the Back of Zen Den

The Bistro 614. I have eaten here and it is Superb!!! Just excellent food. Fine Dining but yet very inviting.

Little Cafe.

Art Gallery

More cool shopping.

West Reading Tavern. Steve and I have had many Romantic Dinners here.

Some out of towners. They were at the Vanity Fair Outlet down the street. And there were looking to have there Nails done. They have lots of Salons on the Ave.
Sweet Ladies. I promised I would put them in my post.

Yellow Submarine had the best homemade Potato Chips. They come in a paper bag.
And of coarse you can get a great Hoagie.

A little music shop.

Candie shop

Lots of goodies in here.

And of coarse I can not leave out the drugstore. It is not only a drugstore but it has some of the best gifts inside.

And when I was taking pictures I ran into Sandy an old co-worker. What a great day.

Curious?? This is a consignment shop but not your average consignment shop. It has the most spectacular things inside. And you have to go see the back. The garden is beautiful. I believe the men that own the shop are landscapers also. Just Gorgeous.
 We are right up the street from the Vanity Fair Outlets. You can do a little Outlet shopping and stop by Hello Bluebird and ask for Alex.  Get some great food or snacks. Or just a cup of coffee. It is a cute little town. Its part of my life. I have walked this street with my mother when I was a little girl. Please come and visit us! We would love to see you.  

    I hope you enjoyed my mini tour of West Reading.


Shari said...

Wow Heather! Great post about West Reading. I wish I could visit. What a cute town. I would love to check out Hello Bluebird and the Haute Chocolate! And all the other places. Thanks for taking us with you on your little adventure!

carolyn said...

After this mini tour, I think I need to add a visit to my wish list for 2011 Destinations!

Thank you for sharing!

Heidi said...

Wow, great post! I've been in all these little shops many times and I find your post makes them even more inviting. Seeing West Reading from your eyes helps me appreciate this cute little town. I love Hello Bluebird and Alex is so friendly. Your artwork looks great in her store. It fits right in with all the other goodies for sale. Love it!

Nelly said...

The shop looks great. Your paintings look great behind the counter. Alex did a great job displaying them.

Need to get a cupcake!

Msartist said...

Lovely town & photographs! Looks like you had an amazing day!! We have a town quite similar on the coast near us, Cambria, CA. I love to travel~ The last time I was in PA. one of my daughters was in Havaford (sp)& also Philadelphia due to dancing with the ballet but it has been years. I hope to visit again one day. I do have a daughter in NYC getting married next fall! So you never know where life can lead you on your travels~ Thanks for sharing! ~Theresa

alex/hello bluebird said...

Heather--thank you for this sweet little tour of our Avenue! I'm so happy to have your work displayed at the shop--you are such a genuinely warm, kindred spirit, and I am so glad we are working together!
Thanks for spreading the word! In case anyone is interested, Hello Bluebird's website is