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.
The futbol-passionate staff at The Soccer Stop lobs and shoots informed advice and appropriate soccer gear to amateurs, pros, and veterans of all ages, offering everything from footwear to referee attire. The Soccer Stop's staff members serve as active players, coaches, or referees themselves, so they'll happily recommend items, such as Under Armour lined playing gloves ($24.99) or Adidas Pro-Lite shinguards ($19.99), which protect shins from an opposing players' kick and any errantly shot arrows from the archery club. For fashion and function, the Adidas Copa Mundial soccer cleats ($99) catch traction with their classic black-and-white kangaroo leather. Show off geographical representation with Red Lion country soccer socks ($8.99), adorned with flags from countries such as U.S.A. or Brazil.
Since 2005, Bella Jules has bedecked bodies with an assortment of designer-label duds and accessories. The boutique stocks denim jeans of all dispositions, including skinny, cropped, and painfully shy, from designer labels such as Joe's Jeans, Paige Premium Denim, and It Jeans. Slip into a pair of rising starlet skinny jeans ($74), or sate a denim addiction with a cigarette fit from Joe's Jeans ($159).
Short of creating physical clouds to hold people aloft, Mattress Warehouse stocks almost every imaginable furnishing to help customers catch a few Z’s. Rows of name-brand mattresses from Sealy, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic entice customers to replace their worn pad for new bedding, such as a standard mattress, a fluffy pillowtop unit, or a memory foam piece that conforms to bodies. Beyond mattresses, the warehouse also carries an ample collection of box springs, full bed sets with rails and headboards, and even premium futon mattresses that revitalize foldable couches.
Good Eatz Green Café stocks its kitchen with local, sustainable, and organic ingredients to fill its menu with gluten-, dairy-, or animal product-free meals. Wholesome recipes include maple buckwheat pancakes and Mexican-style frittatas, as well as ahi tuna sashimi, gluten-free cheese ravioli, seitan meatloaf, and Black Angus cheeseburgers.
In addition to its devotion to sustainable ingredients, Good Eatz boasts other green qualifications such as membership in Oxfam and Green America, formerly Co-op America, a box and paper reuse program, and Energy Star appliances, which can be plugged directly into the sun.
Walking into a HobbyTown USA is like immersing yourself in a science fair, toy store, and art-supply shop all at the same time. Stocked with items ranging from 1/25 scale 1969 Camaro model kits ($19.95) to easy-to-care-for ant farms ($17.99), the store has something for any age or interest. Spicy up the tide of warm weather with interactive outdoor activities, such as flying Turbo Jet 2000 gliders ($4.99) or kites shaped like 3-D space shuttles ($19.99), which, unlike real space shuttles, serve decent in-flight meals. For rainy days, pick up a 10-piece carving-knife set ($7.99) and an eight-color all-purpose paint set ($12.15) to repurpose any banister as a totem pole of achievement.