By Leah Fassnacht, Director of Communications & Marketing
February may be one of the coldest months of the year, but its celebration of love is enough to make you feel all warm and cozy inside. Of our nearly 900 active members, the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA) is full of businesses who can make your Valentine’s Day for you and your love a little more special. Here are just a few of our members and what they can offer in the month of love.
Gipprich Jewelers Inc. | www.gipprich.com
Reading’s oldest family-owned jeweler offers on-site repairs, appraisals, and a large selection of diamonds, diamond engagement rings and handmade designer jewelry lines. Looking for jewelry that’s as unique as your love? Check out Gipprich’s Estate Collection featured on the website. From broaches to lockets and watches, each piece is a gift to be cherished for years to come.
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts | www.goggleworks.org
Does your significant other have a creative streak? Do they love working with their hands to make something? Or maybe they are just into having experiences rather than more “stuff.” Contact GoggleWorks Center for the Arts to schedule a creative night out and make something together. Offerings include everything from printmaking to wood working to glass blowing. All dates include demos, a studio tour and refreshments.
Reading Royals | www.royalshockey.com
Visit Santander Arena and celebrate 20 years of Royals hockey with the sports enthusiast in your life. While there is no game on the schedule for Valentine’s Day, the club does have a four-game homestand the week before. Be sure to stock up on Royals’ gear in the pro shop before the puck drops.
Salute Ristorante Italiano | www.saluteristorante.com
Salute Ristorante Italiano is an authentic Italian restaurant serving up fresh seafood, steaks and traditional favorites. Begin your evening out with one of its famous craft martinis or cocktails and follow it up with filo-wrapped shrimp or mussels diavolo. Or go full-on “Lady and the Tramp” style (the original, not the creepy, live-action remake) and share a plate of your favorite pasta.
Van Scoy Jewelers | www.vanscoy.com
The Wyomissing-based jeweler has been making necks, hands and ears sparkle for more than 40 years. Whether you are looking for a custom-made piece or a one-of-a-kind ring to propose on Valentine’s Day, Van Scoy has you covered. It’s in-house jeweler, Sal Sermania, has more than 25 years in the industry. If you can dream it, he can make it come to life. Take advantage of financing options with approved credit on some of the pricier baubles.