Wild Sage Coffee and Kitchen is set to open at 731 Washington St. in the coming weeks – date coming soon! 

Wild Sage Coffee and Kitchen

Photo courtesy of Wild Sage Coffee and Kitchen

Jessica Weixler-Landis purchased the building, in May 2016. Since then, she’s completed extensive renovations, including the removal of several walls and installing one big front window where there used to be two smaller windows along Washington Street.

Wild Sage will have 15 seats, and takeout service will be available. It will serve coffee and a tea as well as a small food menu that includes sandwiches and paninis.

The cafe will initially be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. serving breakfast and lunch.

“I’m trying to source as many things locally as I can, more on the healthier end of things. One of the main things I’m going to do, that I don’t think anyone else around here is doing, is grain bowls. It’s based on a grain, then it has some sort of vegetable and a protein. I’ve done office work in the past, and I’m thinking about when I was in that position I was like: ‘How can I get a nice healthy lunch?'”

 

“A lot of things are happening here in Reading, and I want to be a part of that. And I love hosting people and making big dinners, so it’s kind of bringing together a few different things for me.”

Though it’s not necessarily in what might be considered a prime location, Weixler-Landis is thrilled with the location, within walking distance of the Berks County Courthouse and several law offices.

“I had been looking around the Reading area,” she said. “I knew I wanted to be in downtown Reading. I wasn’t finding anything to lease, and I found this building. It thought the location was really good, and I loved the idea of converting an abandoned building.”

The building was previously two properties, but Weixler-Landis combined them into one. In addition to the cafe, it includes two apartments and office space.

Weixler-Landis said she has been blown away by the support she has received, both from the city government and the community.

“City Hall has been great answering my questions,” she said. “I get people stopping by almost every day, and cheering me on. It’s been great.”

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