Perkiomen Avenue – 1978

Flash back to Perkiomen Avenue in 1978. Apparently this was an area prone to accidents. Popular places of the past pictured are King Hamburgers, Fecera’s Furnture, Sweet William Restaurant and Pathmark.

Perkiomen Avenue
Reading Eagle Dec 31st, 1978

Drivers Beware – Uncontrolled intersection, confusing entrances and exits, and the lack of a median strip make this five-mile stretch of the Philadelphia Pike in Exeter Township a dangerous road to take.Read the rest

Kmart – 45 Years in Berks

Kmart has been a staple nationwide big box store since the 60s. The company, originally called S. S. Kresge Corporation, dates back to 1899. It wasn’t until 1974 when it broke into the Berks County market, opening a store at the 94,500-square-foot Cumru Township location in Shillington Plaza.

Kmart Berks
Source – pictured in 1983

According to the Reading Eagle, it featured an auto service center, a garden shop and a self-service snack bar.Read the rest

Dutch Colony Motor Inn

Dutch Colony Motor Inn

The Dutch Colony Motor Inn started operations in 1964 by Erna and R. Harding “Breity” Breithaupt. Breity Breithaupt was an aviation pioneer and owned Reading Aviation Service at Reading Regional Airport. A few years after opening they added the Antique Airplane Restaurant, named fittingly due to a 1927 Monocoupe, last flown in the 1966 Reading Air Show, hanging from it’s ceiling inside the restaurant.… Read the rest