Reading Film Fest (2019) has all the photos from the Opening Night Gala of the 2019 Reading Film Fest at the WCR Center for the Arts. Complimentary beverages were provided by Stony Run Winery

The afterparty was hosted by Lisa Tiger of C21 Gold at the Saucony Creek Brewery at the Franklin Street Station

Reading Film Fest Opening Night Gala


Afterparty hosted by Lisa Tiger @ Saucony Creek Brewery

Photo Credit: Joe DiRosa

Commercial Properties and Businesses for Sale in Berks County is going to take you through several of the businesses and investment opportunities for sale in Berks County, Pennsylvania. We have race tracks, hotels, restaurants, country clubs, and even a post office for sale!  


Maple Grove Raceway 

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30 Stauffer Park Ln. Mohnton, PA


Interested in being a player in the Berks County motorsports scene. The Maple Grove Raceway is for sale. The property features a full-on drag strip facility with several national events it hosts every year. Several events such as the Night Lights Lantern Festival are also routinely booked there. It is a wonderful property that has several opportunities to generate revenue. The property includes a 4,000 sq ft. drag strip, two liquor licenses, campgrounds, expansive parking, several rental units, facility buildings. The entire property is 14 parcels totaling 450 acres. 

Stokesay Castle 

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137 Stokesay Castle Ln Reading, PA

Stokesay Castle is routinely rated as one of the top 3 restaurants in Berks County and they are also an exclusive wedding destination. In addition to the main restaurant and the Knights Pub addition, the 10-acre main property features an additional 18 single acre plots which can be developed. The main property features an expansive 32,000 sq ft which includes the main castle, banquet hall, and pub. In addition, there is a 3,200 sq ft residential property and a 1,900 sq ft carriage house which is used as offices. 

Stirling Guest Hotel  

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1120 Centre Ave, Reading PA 19601


This is one of Reading’s Historic properties. The bed & breakfast is located on. The incredible space has been renovated and routinely makes additional revenue hosting weddings and other events.

1711 Hampton Hotel

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1711 Hampden Blvd Reading PA, 19604


Do you feel like being in the Airbnb business? There is no better place than this 20 room mansion on Hampden Blvd. The current owners renovated the entire building making way for several public spaces for guests while maintaining its historic charm.

Bixler’s Lounge 

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1456 Friedensburg Rd.  Mount Penn, PA 19606


A fixture in the upcoming Mt. Penn bar scene, Bixler’s Lounge has seeming been around forever. This wonderful bar-restaurant has great reviews and is a prime target for someone looking to buy into a bar with a great following and a lot of history.


Worthwhile Mentions

Reading Country Club – Exeter Township is taking bids on development plans for the approximately 125 acres which is now the Reading Country Club. The township is considering a number of options including retaining the golf course, residential townhouses, and mixed-use developments. This is one of the most exciting development projects to appear in Berks County in some time. No listing price. Estimated $15,000,000+

Riveredge – The Riveredge property which includes the Silo nightclub, Riveredge Hotel & Restaurant property, and the Quality Inn; is on the market again. $3,000,000

Reading Post Office – The main office on North 5th St. of the Reading Post Office just came on the market. This historic property is 56,000 sq. ft. in the heart of the city of Reading. $850,000

Cabella’s – The property that Cabella’s has recently renewed its lease on in Hamburg is for sale. This property is being listed for $56,492,300 (6.5% cap rate) which easily makes it the most expensive property for sale in Berks County, Pennsylvania.  $56,492,300


About the Author – 

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Joe DiRosa

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of I am an Entrepreneur, own several brands and web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at



5th Annual Laney’s Legacy of Hope Golden Gala

Laney’s Legacy of Hope 5th Annual Golden Gala at the Crowne Plaza was a night to remember! It was one of the most amazing events of the year and benefited Laney’s Legacy of Hope, which supports children who are affected by pediatric cancer.

The event featured a number of circus performers, a wonderful food, and the music was provided by DJ Koolie Kirk. The event was generously sponsored by Penn National Gaming.

Photography provided by Chad Vail Photography.

West Reading’s Fall Fest (2019) stopped by West Reading’s Fall Fest and the event was amazing. Hundreds of vendors and thousands of people enjoyed the turning of the solstice event. By far the best event has seen in West Reading

We have all the photos!

Photo Credit: Joe DiRosa

Reading Museum’s Night at the Museum Benefit (2019)

The Reading Museum’s Night at the Museum Gala was a fantastic event. Hundreds of people came out to support the Reading Museum and get a first look at their new exhibit Cut! Costume and the Cinema. Scotty and Cooky Mann provided the entertainment as guests danced the night away!


Best Cocktail Bars in Berks County is going to take you through some of the best cocktail bars in Berks County. There are hundreds of bars around Berks, but these places are some of the sexiest places to grab your cocktail dress and socialize. We have the bars, the drinks, and the recipes!


Winedown Cafe and Wine Bar

The Winedown Cafe is located at 645 Penn Ave and features a hip and stylish setting for patrons to mingle. Winedown Cafe is almost always busy with the stylish crowds after 5 pm. They serve a host of delectable finger foods to pair with your vino or cocktail. Outdoor patio seating is available during the summer months. The Windedown Cafe General Manager RG Kreider recommends the Smoked Manhattan:

“Our signature smoked manhattan adds a smokey twist to a classic. Using rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and a dash of bitters we create a whiskey forward cocktail with a smooth smokey finish.”

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Smoked Manhattan

Smoked Manhattan

  • 2.5 oz rye whiskey
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • dash Angostura bitters
  • cocktail cherry, for garnish
  • ice

Combine the rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters in a shaker with ice. Shake or stir Fill your smoking gun with the wood of your choice. Turn the fan on and light the wood with a lighter. Place the hose end of the smoker gun in a martini glass with a cocktail cherry. While the smoke is filling the glass, strain the cocktail into the glass. Cover the glass with plastic wrap and fill the top of the glass with smoke. Remove the hose and seal the plastic wrap to trap the smoke. Let sit for one minute. Remove the plastic wrap.

The Winedown Cafe is located at:

622 Penn Ave, West Reading, PA         (610) 373-4907   


Sly Fox Taphouse

The Sly Fox Taphouse is Berks County’s newest entry into casual dining and craft beer, which is located in the new Knitting Mills complex. This is a full-service restaurant with a modern feel. They provide a number of their own craft brews along with some great cocktails! Sly Fox Taphouse’s General Manager, Randy Mckinley recommends the Orange Crush:

“Orange Crush is a timeless classic that a lot of people forget about, we’ve got two large juicers at the front of our center bar and folks can’t miss them.  On a busy Friday / Saturday night…our bartenders get a great workout using the juicers.”  

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Orange Crush

Orange Crush

1 whole Valencia Orange
2 ounces FABER Orange Vodka
1 ounce Triple Sec
– top with sprite
– garnish with an orange slice and a mint sprig
The Sly Fox Taphouse is located at:
820 Knitting Mills Way, Wyomissing, PA       (484) 878-2154


Belly @ the GoggleWorks

Belly @ the GoggleWorks Belly is the newly raved about restaurant and bar located inside the GoggleWorks main complex. If you are craving the art bar experience there is nowhere better to dress a little sexy and look good next to some great art. Belly’s Owner, Jim Churchman recommends Viva la Vida:

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Viva la Vida

“Viva la Vida is inspired by Frida Kahlo’s work, this cocktail featuring Boyd & Blair Vodka is sweet with fresh watermelon agua fresca, crisp and refreshing with sparkling cucumber water, slightly spiced with fresh ginger, kaffir lime leaf, and bright flavorful pickled watermelon”.

According to Karen Delp Loveless who recommended the bar to us, the best time to go is for their Saturday Brunch DJ Sessions around 4-7pm on Saturdays.

Belly Kitchen & Drinkery is located at:

201 Washington Street Reading, PA          610.374.4600   


Willoughbys On Park

If you are into the luxury dining experience then you are familiar with Willoughby’s. We were chatting with Sabrina Grande-Cirandine, the Owner of Russo’s Market, and she suggested Willoughby’s.

Willoughby’s originally started as a steakhouse concept which, they seem to have mastered, but over the last few years it has evolved into so much more. Live entertainment, DJ night on Wednesdays, and a host of events have given Willoughby’s a fantastic social atmosphere for those looking for cocktails.  Willoughby’s GM, Erika Shifflett recommends the Classic Martini:

Willoughby's On Park's Classic Martini with Lemon Peel Rose
Classic Martini w/ Lemon Peel Rose

Classic Martini

  • 2 ¾ oz Pennsylvania Blue Coat American Dry Gin
  • ¾ oz Dry vermouth
  • Combine all ingredients in mixing glass with ice.
  • Stir.
  • Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  • Garnish with lemon peel rose


Willoughby’s on Park is located at:

305 N Park Rd, Wyomissing, PA           (610) 816-7473     


Beverly Hills Tavern

You can’t seem to talk about after-work drinks without mentioning Beverly Hills Tavern.  This beach themed venue is probably one of the largest in Berks County and the owner keeps the entertainment coming all week long. Stop by and enjoy live music, DJ’s, barbecue’s corn hole tournaments and they even have a pet-friendly Sunday afternoon. Beverly Hills Tavern’s Owner, Jimmy Guifrida gave us two recommendations:

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Lava Flow

Lava Flow

  • 1 oz. coconut rum
  • 1 oz. Bacardi Superior
  • 1/2 oz. banana liquor
  • 1 banana
  • Coconut cream
  • Pineapple juice
  • 4-6 Strawberries
  • Whipped cream
  • Ice
  • Pineapple slices
  • Orange

Mix coconut rum, Bacardi, and banana liquor in a blender with 4-6 fresh strawberries. Pour into 16 oz. glass. Clean the blender, then add ice, pineapple juice, coconut cream and 3/4 banana and blend. Pour on top of your mixer in 16 oz. glass. Top with whipped cream and garnish with pineapple slice, rest of your banana and orange slice.


Photo of Beverly Hill's Tavern's Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

  • 2 oz. Bacardi Coconut Rum
  • 2 oz. Bacardi Superior Rum
  • 1 oz. Blue Caracao
  • Sour mix
  • Lime
  • Pineapple juice
  • Lemon lime soda

Mix ingredients together and garnish.

Beverly Hills Tavern is located at:

710 Old Fritztown Rd, Reading, PA            (610) 777-4516   


About the Author – 

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Joe DiRosa

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of I am an Entrepreneur, own several brands, web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at


Top 5 Most Expensive Homes for Sale in Berks County: Summer Edition is taking you through a tour of the top 5 most expensive and luxurious homes in Berks County!  Each of these homes is currently priced at $2,000,000+!


140 Evans Hill Rd, Sinking Spring, PA 19608 – $2,790,000


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Professionally restored & renovated. Every inch of this 8400 square feet historic 1736 circa stone manor has been upgraded or restored by the seller’s crew of four craftsmen. Interior surfaces have been stripped, refinished, replastered (wet plaster) and brought to life! 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 5 fireplaces, a new 340 SF sunroom added and 3rd-floor library created. The summer kitchen has been transformed into an art studio. Cottage with walk-in fireplace has been restored & upgraded as caretaker residence or rental. Carriage barn completely rehabilitated to include a 1,000 SF-1 BR and 850 SF 2-floor home office with powder room, plus 5 car garage on the lower level. Bank barn features 12,000 SF of heated, finished gallery space; 9-stall horse barn completely restored with equipment room, tack room, feed room and heated wash bay; shavings shed, hay shed, equipment building and powder room; new roll-up barn doors, a storage building for lawn equipment and a 3-BR groom’s quarters. New exterior fenestration, lighting, paddock & 4 adjacent turnout fields with fresh fencing. Indoor riding arena/multi-purpose building provides 11,250 SF with a new exterior & lighted riding arena with composite surface fencing. Water features include stream with walking/horse bridge, pond behind home & in-ground pool aside of home! **Full furnishings, including over 1.3 million dollars worth of historic American period antiques, can be purchased for an additional $800,000.**


1081 Grange Rd, Leesport, PA 19533 – $2,425,000

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This 4 bedroom, 5 1/2 bath property features nearly 7,000 sq. ft. of luxury living located on nearly 53 acres of conserved land. It features and beautiful 30′ x 50′ pool with waterfall spa, pool house, tennis court, and a horse barn. Plenty of luxury amenities add to the charm of this beautiful estate, also known as Emerald Green. 


479 Imperial Dr, Mohnton, PA 19540 – $2,425,000

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This magnificent home features 6 bedrooms, 9 full baths and 2 half baths on 9.3 acres in Berks County. This 20,000+ sq ft. home features nearly every amenity you can ask for including a full basketball court, a gym, an incredible man cave game room with a pool table, poker table and full bar.  The highlight of this property is the 3 level indoor saltwater pool and hot tub. This house is truly luxury living!


20 Miller Dr, Kutztown, PA 19530 – $2,100,000

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Talk about a view!! This  8 bedroom, 10 bath, 10,000+ Sq. ft. home with 6 fireplaces is built on top of a hill with magnificent views overlooking the whole valley while sitting on 3.67 acres in the Kutztown area. The outdoor patio is made for mint juleps during the Summer while the game room features a full bar, billiards table and blackjack table. The home was built in 2005 but 75% of the home was constructed within the last 5 years!


325 Huntzinger Rd, Wernersville, PA 19565 – $1,950,000


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Perfect property for the experienced Equestrian or the avid hunter. Words cannot describe this amazing 176 acre one-of-a-kind property. Amazing, the restored stone farmhouse offers original charm with updated details & amenities-Great for entertaining/Stone bank barn with stalls & custom workshop/Large Garage with Apartment or Full Guest Suite/Multiple pastures/ Scenic spring-fed pond/Many wooded areas/Large outdoor riding ring/ Multiple decks & patios…This incredible property has something for everyone!!!


About the Author – 

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Joe DiRosa

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of I am an Entrepreneur, own several brands and web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at

Night Lights Lantern Festival @ Maple Grove Raceway (2019) was at the Night Lights Lantern Festival at Maple Grove Raceway and over 8,000 people showed to enjoy the night and participate in an incredible spectacle of lights. See all the photos from the event!


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BMW of Reading’s Grand Re-Opening Event (2019) visited BMW of Reading for its re-opening celebration after the entire building was redesigned this year. It is a beautiful building with state of the art facilities and is nearly double the size as before! Be sure to stop by!

BMW of Reading 1015 Lancaster Ave.  Reading PA. 19607  T: (877) 866-6272

Photo Credit: Joe DiRosa

Dancing with the Reading Stars 2019

The Yocum Institute for the Arts’ 2019’s Dancing with the Reading Stars was a fantastic event held at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Reading. The event was sponsored by Wilmington Trust, Redner’s Fresh Markets, Inperium, and the Reading Eagle Company.

People ate, danced and were treated to an evening of outstanding performances! Check out all the photos below!


Photo Credit: Yocum Institute for the Arts