POLL: Which Reading Business Has the Best Curb Appeal?

If you had to choose, which business do you think has the best curb appeal in town?

Reading’s Economic Development Committee recently introduced a  to create curb appeal in the downtown business area.

We want to know what you think. Which Reading business has the best curb appeal right now?

Vote in our poll below and let us know. If you don't see the business you would vote for listed, add it in the comments section.

M April 04, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Chili's, Calareso's and Eric's are not "downtown". Why include Chili's but not Bertucci's across the street? They are virtually identical. If you are talking businesses with the best curb appeal downtown, and you are not limiting yourself to locally owned businesses (i.e., you included McDonalds), then you may as well include Walgreens, as well, which has nice planters, an attractive storefront, and is always very clean. You also ought to include the Haven businesses like Sammy Jo's and the Pet store, which are also attractive, much more so than the comic store or the paint store.
Ashley Troutman April 04, 2012 at 07:21 PM
The Economic Development Committee introduced a signage improvement program to create curb appeal in the downtown business area, but this poll was not specific to downtown. The article says, if you don't see the business you would vote for listed feel free to add them in the comments section, so thank you for adding businesses you would vote for.
Joe Veno April 04, 2012 at 10:30 PM
M Where does it say the survey is for downtown only? If you do not like the choices you can pick from let Patch know that but do not try to tell Patch they made a mistake. .
Joe Veno April 04, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Ashley, It is to bad people do not read the entire article before they start to tear it apart.
M April 05, 2012 at 12:47 AM
It said in article "create curb appeal in the downtown business area" but I did miss tha fact that the poll related to ALL of Reading. Frankly, I think more businesses outside downtown have better curb appeal than downtown. The ecars place looks really nice, as does the renovated plaza near dandy-lion ice cream (the plaza with salon laura michael in it). Sam's is a big improvement over wayside in appearance, but i miss wayside bazaar as a business. Probably caps redo is the best.
M April 05, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Oops darn autocorrect on iPhone--meant Calareso's
sara April 05, 2012 at 11:15 AM
love the look of Sam's Bistro
Joe Veno April 05, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Sure looks better than Wayside Bazzaar did.
Emily M April 05, 2012 at 02:16 PM
The landscaping in front of the Rite Aid (not Haven st, the other one) is always well maintained. The annuals that are always planted in front of the CVS on Main st (and across the street at walgreens) are so nice to see throughout the summer. Whoever puts the little planters of flowers inside the bicycle baskets is very creative!
Dave Miskinis April 05, 2012 at 02:38 PM
By far.....Reading Cooperative Bank. The choice of selections on this poll is very poor. Not one Haven St. business was listed. It's like asking "what's your favorite number....1,4, 17 or 29?
M April 05, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Dave, agree that choices are poor to not include anything on Haven. That is one of the issues that I think plagues the Reading downtown area in terms of attracting more visitors, as many who don't live here don't even know about the Haven street area, which has some very nice storefronts. I think would be helpful if maybe there was signage at corner of main & haven listing that there are more businesses & parking available on Haven. I note that a lot of what adds to curb appeal is landscaping, which is possible even with small downtown businesses (e.g., planters, benches, window boxes, etc). What is the biggest turnoff to me is anything tacky/gaudy and/or dated in a non-classic way (i.e., "bad" 1950's/60's modernistic design with flat roofs & tiny windows, like the old businesses that were knocked down for the new Calareso's).


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