Tammy Gore

Fatherís Day is June 16th this year and I donít know why, but itís always tough to think of something special to get for Dad on his special day of honor. Although I donít personally know your Dad, Step-Dad, or Husband, the father of your children, but I do know that he does not need or want another tie. So with that in mind, let me help you consider some great gifts that the special men in your life will love and you donít need to travel any further than our Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) members to shop.

Of course men love gadgets, whether for the house, yard and garden, car and garage, or office, they never have enough gadgets. Although I donít quite understand the obsession, I imagine itís a lot like women (or at least this woman) never having quite the right shoes and needing just one more color, heel height, or style. Hey, if it makes him happy, why not? Any of the following NBCC members will be happy to help you choose that special gadget or gizmo that your man has been wishing for, or get a gift certificate for a service he would appreciate:

Bell Hardware and Supply, Inc., Joseph Rudderow, owner

1051 Trexlertown Rd., Trexlertown, PA 18087, 610-395-1132

Stoney Creek Rentals & Sales, Mike Shirk, owner

872 Park Rd., Blandon, PA 19510 610-926-4567

Computer Wizards, Chris Breidenstein, owner

325 W. Main St., Kutztown PA 19530 484-646-9064

Meiserís Performance, Ron Meiser, owner

65 W. Wesner Rd., Blandon, PA 19510, 610-926-1543

If gardening is his ďthing,Ē then check out the following nurseries for some special additions to your plantings:

Countryside Farm & Greenhouse, Inc., Jack & Rexine Krause

439 Krause Rd., Fleetwood PA 19522, 610-683-8586

Foliage Farm, Jim & Karen Wieder, owner

57 Christman Rd., Kutztown PA 19530

On the other hand, if working in the yard is not what the man in your life enjoys, but he likes a great looking yard, you can give him the gift of a lawn care service, such as:

H & M Lawn & Tree Service, John Marcincavage, owner

3 Cambridge Court, Fleetwood, PA 19522, 484-529-0835

NaturaLawn of America, Richard Mertz, owner

509 College Blvd., Kutztown PA 19530, 610-683-8893

Is your man a golfer, but has a hard time fitting a round in between work and chores? If so, we have some of the most beautiful courses right in our backyard. Get your girlfriends to go in on the idea and set a tee time for a foursome of golf and lunch, or better yet, go out on the links with him for some quality time together at one of the following courses:

Berkleigh Golf Club, Adrienne Hogan, Pro

14623 Kutztown Rd., Kutztown, PA 19530, 610-683-8268

Golden Oaks Golf Club, Jo Ann Heller, Director of Golf

10 Stonehedge Dr., Fleetwood PA 19522 610-944-6000

If heís not a golfer, but enjoys being outdoors and exercise, what about a new bike or supplies from:

Kingís Cyclery, Chris King, owner

600 Noble St., Kutztown PA 19530, 610-683-7433

Öor a day of hiking and bird watching with the family at:

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Assoc, Mary Linkevich, Director

1700 Hawk Mountain Rd., Kempton, PA 19529, 610-756-6961

ďTake me out to the ball park!Ē The entire family will enjoy a day at the baseball game and what will make Dad happier than having everyone together? Itís affordable, fun, and ďAmericaís favorite past timeĒ at:

Reading Fightin Phils, Anthony Pignetti, Sales

Reading PA 19605, 610-375-8469

Another favorite tradition that the whole family will enjoy together is:

Crystal Cave, Kathy Campbell, owner

963 Crystal Cave Rd., Kutztown PA 19530, 610-683-6765

Or, how about a case or bottle of his favorite beverage:

Kutztown Bottling & Soda Works, Inc., Jeff & Dana Taylor, owners

78-80 South White Oak St., Kutztown, PA 19530, 610-683-7377

Blair Vineyards, Missy Blair, owner

99 Dietrich Valley Rd., Kutztown PA 19530, 610-683-8463

Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery, John & Pat Scrip, owners

9850 Newtown Rd., Breinigsville, PA 18031, 610-395-2468

Pinnacle Ridge Winery, Brad Knapp, Owner

407 Old Rt. 22, Kutztown, PA 19530, 610-756-4481

A gift for both of you to get away and just enjoy each otherís company is always a great idea. The best part is that you donít need to drive far or fight traffic to really relax and feel like you are far away. Trust me on this one, call any of these beautiful Bed & Breakfast locations, drive a few minutes and feel like youíre in a different world:

Hope Pryde Farm B&B, Richard & Elizabeth Atkinson, owners

806 Onyx Cave Rd., Hamburg, PA 19526, 610-562-9639

Longswamp B&B, JoAnn & John Swenson, owners

1605 State St., Mertztown, PA 19539, 610-682-6197

Main Street Inn B&B, Pamela Corrado, owner

401 W. Main St., Kutztown, PA 19530 610-683-0401

If your man prefers camping to B&Bs, then we have that too, call:

Pine Hill RV Park, LLC, Bob & Pam Hasse, owners

268 Old Rt. 22, Kutztown, PA 19530, 610-285-6776

Surprise him with a destination giftÖthese folks would be glad to help you set up a fabulous trip and make recommendations based on their experiences:

Berkleigh Travel Service, Inc., Sandy Green, owner

230 S. Baldy St., Kutztown PA 19530, 610-683-8880

Bieber Transportation Group, Nancy Kreisher, Sales

320 Fair St., Kutztown PA 19530, 610-683-7333

CK Tours & Cruises, Kenneth Keefer, owner

5 S. Center Ave., Suite 104, Leesport, PA 19533, 610-916-2923

CruiseOne, Ellen Overcast, owner

218 W. Main St. Kutztown PA 19530

It is said that ďDog is manís best friend.Ē If your man and his dog love spending time together then a unique and special gift would be to send him to the following location for a day of bonding, playing and learning:

Awesome Dawgs Dog Training, LLC, Mary Jo Carabello, owner

3052 Pricetown Rd., Temple PA 19560 610-750-6868

I hope this gave you some new ideas for Fatherís Day this year. Itís not too late to return that tie. Of course, this is a list of some of the many fabulous things there are to do, see, and buy in the Northeast Berks County area, but it is certainly not a complete list. Check out our website at www.NortheastBerksChamber.com for more ideas and information. Remember to celebrate Dad and Shop Local!! Happy Fatherís Day!

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