Save a little time for shopping in Reading, PA, the 5th largest city in the state and the county seat of Berks County. There’s plenty here to satisfy the urges of any shopaholic, even the boys in your group. Reading is not just “The Original Outlet Capital of the World.” You’ll find other unique shops and boutiques that offer great merchandise at fabulous prices.
The Cabela’s in Hamburg is Pennsylvania’s first Cabela’s, and it features 250,000 square feet of retail space. If you can’t find the hunting, fishing or other outdoor equipment you need here, it probably doesn’t exist! Adults and kids alike will find the wildlife displays fun and educational, and outfitters are on hand to answer questions and set you up with everything you need for your next adventure. There’s a bait shop, ATV shop and shooting gallery. If you’re hungry, grab a wild-game sandwich in Cabela’s restaurant or a piece of their famous fudge.
Shoppes at Wyomissing
You’ll discover a unique collection of upscale apparel and specialty retail shops at The Shoppes at Wyomissing, such as Berkshire Boot & Shoe, J. Jill, Chico’s, Gymboree, Jos. A. Bank, Loft, Talbot’s, The Children’s Place, Justice, Menchey Music and Dandelion Jewelry, as well as services like Massage Envy Spa and Hair Cuttery. When you work up an appetite, stop for lunch or dinner at Elevation Burger, On the Border Mexican Grill, or try the great soup selections at Zoup.
VF Outlet Center
The granddaddy of all outlets is Reading’s own VF Outlet Center. In 1970, M.O.Lee, then president of VF Corporation, which manufactured Berkshire and Vanity Fair garments, hosted a one-day sale of excess merchandise. It became the inspiration for the first outlet center in the country. Savvy shoppers enjoy bargain prices up to 70% off retail, with sales, daily markdowns, and special promotions at well-known brand stores, such as Lee, Wrangler, JanSport, Carter’s, Olga, Warner’s, Dooney & Bourke, Samsonite, Oshkosh B’gosh, Timberland, Nautica, Reef, Reading China and Glass, and more.
Philadelphia Premium Outlets
Another magnet for bargain shoppers is Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick Township in Montgomery County. The huge 553,000 square foot open air mall features 150 outlet stores, such as Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, DKNY, Elie Tahari, Forever 21, Gap Outlet, Guess, J.Crew, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Michael Kors, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and more. Specialty outlets include Bath & Body Works, The Body Shop, Crabtree & Evelyn, Harry & David, Lindt Chocolate, Toys “R” Us, Yankee Candle and the new Swarovski outlet. There are even nearly 25 stores devoted to shoes! Grab a bite to eat at sit-down restaurants, such as Ruby Tuesday or Turtleback Bistro.
Stroll through the STORE at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in historic downtown Reading where you’ll discover a fabulous selection of jewelry, blown glass, ceramics, photography, books, apparel, and one-of-a-kind finely crafted gifts from over 200 artists, including regionally and nationally known artists such as Will Dexter, Sandra Kaye, Stephen Rich Nelson, Mitch Lyons, Harry Stuart, Louse Mehaffey and Kachina Martin. Pick up something special for your hard-to-please friends and family, or buy something amazing to decorate your home.
You’ll find everything you need in Reading, PA, whether you’re shopping for a new pair of Wrangler’s at a great price, a Coach handbag, camping tents and gear, a trombone for your child’s music lessons, or beautiful blown glass “on the rocks” glasses in all your favorite colors. For more places to shop in the area, we invite you to browse the Greater Reading Convention and Visitors bureau website.