The Sovereign Performing Arts Center has been a part of Reading since 1870, and has played many roles in that time. Built as a market, with a Masonic Temple on the upper floors and a bird university on the roof, it soon became the Academy of Music. Then, in 1917, the Rajah Shriners purchased the facility and turned it into a venue for vaudeville, motion pictures, and live appearances, laying the foundation for its current incarnation. Decades later, the Berks County Convention Center Authority purchased the Rajah Theater and treated it to a $7 million renovation, including a new air-conditioning system and more comfortable seating.
Housed in what was once a sprawling textile compound that produced hosiery, The Works at Wyomissing hosts kinetic family outings in a large, historical space. Downstairs, a mammoth game room houses popular video games, such as a sports simulator, Dance Dance Revolution, and diminutive bowling lanes for children.
Upstairs, the Ballocity action center combines the can't-miss fun mix of playground balls, slides, climbing tubes, foam-ball launchers, and grandma's china. Still-remaining historical details add character to the building, including an entrance to 1.5 miles worth of tunnels that once channeled supplies and carried elaborate tin-can phone networks between factory buildings.
Down Under Sports and Fitness founders and personal training duo Samantha and Stephen, who hail from Australia and the United States, respectively, use their diverse backgrounds to help push exercisers toward their fitness goals. The other members of their training team also boast their own specific specialties, be it strength training or improving posture.
Yoga Inlet’s experienced instructors help students calm their minds and strengthen their bodies with gentle, Svaroopa-focused yoga classes. Known throughout the yoga world as “luxury yoga” for its nonintimidating, comforting movements and potential for pain relief, Svaroopa yoga employs familiar, accessible alignments and breathing exercises to ease clients of any age and fitness level into a tranquil state of relaxation. Each class guides participants through relaxation and body-awareness exercises, breathing practice, 10–14 different positions, and a series of contemplations to replace mental worries with a meditative chant of the periodic table of elements. To further relax students, Yoga Inlet outfits class attendees with a personal mat and all required equipment.
Specializing in Latin and ballroom dancing, Fred Astaire Dance Studio is a nationally franchised studio. The West Reading studio is directed by Jerry and Linda Topez Theodosiou who are both champion dance professionals. No matter how busy the schedule or how leaden the feet, Fred Astaire’s staff of professionally trained and certified instructors can tailor private sessions to match any dancer's skill level and specific goals.
Brewer's Bar & Grill's extensive roster of suds, ample calendar of activities, and sports-studded atmosphere draw crowds seven days a week. Rotating seasonal microbrews keep the beer list fresh, and specialty drinks such as the White Gummybear—a concoction of raspberry vodka, Peach Schnapps, and sour mix—give jaded cocktail consumers new liquid territory to explore. The thorough food menu nails pub basics, such as burgers and sandwiches, and then goes above and beyond with steak, crab, shrimp, pierogies, and more. NFL Sunday Ticket beams from 14 flat-screen HDTVs, strategically placed for maximum viewability and minimum government brain-wave interference. Huddled masses yearning to boogie free can swing by for live DJ sounds and karaoke on Wednesdays, and know-it-alls are invited to pummel can't-quite-place-it-alls during Thursday pub trivia.
After spending years teaching students from the seventh grade to the postgraduate level, Dr. Raymond and Eileen Huntington opened their eponymous learning center in 1977 with one simple mission: give every individual the best education possible. They crafted a robust curriculum that could cater to any academic need, set a code of ethics for their instruction, and hired a cadre of like-minded tutors to help pupils excel in school.
It’s a formula that has proven successful: today, the accredited center’s hundreds of locations hone skills in subjects ranging from basic phonics to calculus. The center's six-step tutoring system also involves parents in the process, building a unique program for each child that nurtures their sense of accomplishment. Test preparation helps applicants confidently take exams for admission to high school, college, or Starfleet.