Blockbuster Video – A Relic of the Past

Blockbuster Shillington
Old Location on RT. 724 in Shillington.  Photo Source

There were once four Blockbuster locations in Berks County, one being the above on Route 724/Lancaster Pike in Shillington. The others were at 4860 Penn Ave in Sinking Spring near Redner’s Market, 3262 N 5th Street Highway in Muhlenberg Shopping Plaza, and 3985 Perkiomen AvenueRead the rest

Kurtz’s Drug Store – Penn Ave – Sinking Spring

Stitzer Apartments - Sinking Spring PA

Almost a year ago I did a then and now post on the Stitzer Apartments, located at the corner Penn Ave & Woodrow Ave. The building still exists and looks almost exactly the same, yet many stores have come and gone since the photo above was taken. Many seemed to remember Kurtz’s Drug Store/Pharmacy … Read the rest

Queen of the Valley Diner

Queen of the Valley Diner

The Queen of the Valley Diner was opened in 1954 at 1730 Penn Avenue in West Wyomissing, and sat just down from the old Iron Bridge that crossed the railroad. It was owned and operated by Charles and Gloria Schwambach, who also owned the Hitching Post Restaurant, also on Penn Avenue but further down in … Read the rest

Kid Sports – Sinking Spring

This one is near and dear to my own heart, as I grew up going to KidSports. It was located along Penn Avenue, connected to the old Boscov’s West Department Store building. Before Kid Sports, it was an Acme and/or IGA Grocery store for many decades.

According to this Washington Post article, KidSports was … Read the rest

Glen Gery Brick Plant – Wyomissing

Glen Gery Brick Plant - Wyomissing

The company’s unassuming origins can be traced back to Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1890, during the height of the Industrial Revolution when new construction was abound. A local businessman, Albert A. Gery, nicknamed AA, decided to try his hand at making fire brick. With financing from his father-in-law, Mathan Harbster, a prominent hardware merchant, Gery purchased … Read the rest