I meet a lot of interesting people and frequent many different businesses. Some are in passing and others have become close friends and reliable places I go to for services. Below are some of my favorite businesses. Check back often, as I’ll be adding more and more in the future.
My personal barber is Derv Snips, and he is the owner of True Gents in Shillington, PA. Hands down, he is the best barber in Berks County, and this is where I go when I need a trim. Scientifically speaking, I am 2.5 times more handsome every time I leave his place.
Getting to and fro can be fraught with danger if you don’t maintain good vehicle maintenance. In Pottstown there is a grizzly, wiry man that I entrust my vehicles to: Bob Ellis of Bob’s Auto. Finding a honest mechanic out there is like finding a four leaf clover. Sure, you know they are out there but you have to look really hard to find one. Bob is a straight shooter who will treat you fairly and do a bang-up job when you bang up your mode of transportation. While I’m not sure what his policy is on seaplanes, if it has four wheels I’m positive Bob can fix it. If you visit, tell him Colt Sebastian Taylor sent you. You don’t get anything, but it’ll be funny when he yells at me about it.
When I relax, I like to laugh. There is no funnier group in Philadelphia than The N Crowd. They’ve been doing improv comedy shows since 2005 and much like a fine wine, they get better every year. Tickets tend to go fast, so they are rarely a last minute decision to go see. There is one guy there that looks awfully familiar.
Tucked away in Gibraltar, PA is a great family owned florist and gift shop: Cedar Hill Flowers. I tend to swing by once a year to film an interview with one of the owners and always enjoy myself there. I swing by often when I need to pick up gifts or flowers for friends and foe alike. They take orders online, but you should definitely stop by if you are in the area to see their wares in person.
While in the Birdsboro, PA area (specifically Gibraltar, PA) there is only one watering hole I like to go to, The Shades of Green. To quote their new website, “This isn’t your father’s watering hole.” In the summer of 2016 they remodeled the inside of their bar and it looks great. As for food, it’s hard to say what is the best because everything is delicious. I like the Cheesesteak Panini personally. As for drinks, they always have a rotating selection so it’s best to see what is on tap. I’ve never been disappointed.
AFC Urgent Care
While I may look graceful on film, I do hurt myself from time to time or pick up a cold. When these injuries and illnesses are serious but nonlife-threatening I swing by my friends at AFC Urgent Care. These Urgent Care Centers require no appointment and they can help me with a variety of everyday needs such as Physicals, Vaccines, X-rays, and other medical screenings. The best part? They have many locations in southeastern Pennsylvania.
I'm a big supporter of supporting local businesses. Although they've been in business since 2014, I recently came across this place via my brother, Christoph Stallion Taylor. I love this distillery, and it is my go-to location to buy good whiskey, gin, rum, vodka, and other small-batch whiskeys. Many of my Colt Cocktail videos feature these spirits. Their distillery operates out of Pottstown, PA but they also have a couple tasting rooms in Philadelphia. You might even find some of their whiskey in PA Wine and Spirit stores. If you visit their Pottstown location, tell them Colt Sebastian Taylor sent you. You won't get anything, but it'll be funny.
Established in 2016, this great local distillery is located in downtown, Reading PA. That produce a very tastey white rum, spiced rum, and vokda. I especially recommend their mohito. It is the perfect way to unwind after a very long day. The folks who run the place are very friendly and it is my go to place for great Berks County rum. If you are in the area, I suggest checking them out.