The appeal of West Reading continues during the holiday season with tasteful decorations and great stores offering unique gift ideas. One of my favorites is Curious Consignments (605 Penn Ave.) The epitome of unique and affordable gifts can be found here. Even local celebrity Kelly McGillis contributed some of her collectibles. Extensive inventory in visual appealing artistic displays make this a fun visit too. An amazing, peaceful garden oasis behind the store leads to the furniture gallery in the back building. (You might forget that you're even in a store) The proprietors are friendly and knowledgeable and who let their merchandise sell itself.
For truly top notch refreshments, Haute Chocolate Cafe is the place. Another visual appealing spot that features ever changing art on the walls and maybe the most unique powder room ever. Needless to say, the chocolate is ambrosia, but that only makes up a portion of their decadent menu of pastries, gelato, numerous hot chocolate concoctions and great coffee. The staff always greets you with a smile and perfectly prepares each order with pride. You can spend as much or as little as you want knowing anything you get will be great.