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Let’s Pretend moves to Westporte Center, along with new hardware store

By Dan Miller

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Posted 8/7/19

More businesses are coming to Westporte Centre, the commercial complex on West Main Street in Middletown, although one of the new faces might be familiar to area residents.

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Let’s Pretend moves to Westporte Center, along with new hardware store

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More businesses are coming to Westporte Centre, the commercial complex on West Main Street in Middletown, although one of the new faces might be familiar to area residents.

Let’s Pretend recently reopened in Westporte Centre, after leasing space in a shopping center on Brown Street where the business had been since opening in January 2012.

And a new hardware store — West End Hardware — is coming soon to fill the space next to the Hop Yard that has been empty since the June 2017 closing of the Dollar Express store.

More information on the new hardware store was not available.

Let’s Pretend is a place for children and adults to play together in a variety of settings.

It’s not day care, as co-owner Kerri Meyer tells people who stop in out of curiosity. Instead of dropping off their kids and leaving, Let’s Pretend is for parents and other adults to stay and enter into and share in their child’s world of imaginative play.

Let’s Pretend gained about 1,000 square feet in the move, allowing owners Kerri and husband Rick to create their own miniature Main Street.

Kids can put their imaginations to work in a home kitchen, a diner, a school, a construction company, animal hospital, library, post office, grocery store, and a theater where the seats come from the auditorium of the former Middletown Area High School, from which Kerri graduated.

There’s also space for arts and crafts and parties.

Suzette Addison said she enjoys bringing her nieces and nephew to Let’s Pretend on Brown Street, but the added space makes the new venue even better.

“We’ll spend the whole day here. We brought our lunches and everything. They haven’t even hit the veterinarian’s office yet,” she said.

The new location along busy West Main Street means more eyes seeing Let’s Pretend, Kerri said.

“I am amazed at how many people come down here everyday. It is nonstop,” she said. “The amount of people that go to the post office is astounding.”

She said she’s hoping the new space also opens up opportunities for Let’s Pretend to partner with its new neighbor across the street, Penn State Harrisburg.