Sweet Treats dessert shop opens on State Street

The Hamburg Area Item - - FRONT PAGE - By Kolleen Long For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Cus­tomers were wait­ing as doors opened at the newly-imag­ined dessert shop on State Street, Ham­burg. Sweet Treats, for­merly known as A La Mode, held a grand open­ing event on March 24 and 25.

Step­ping out to hang his “open” flag on Satur­day, owner Chris Yost greeted the cus­tomers wait­ing to check out the ren­o­vated lo­ca­tion. The grand open­ing event in­cluded a full menu of ice cream treats and other dessert and drink op­tions.

“It’s newly ren­o­vated, with a clean en­vi­ron­ment with new ice cream pro­duces and new de­signs,” Yost said, and he hopes the changes will please cus­tomers.

Grand open­ing cus­tomers were of­fered free ther­mal travel mugs while sup­plies lasted. They could also en­ter a draw­ing for a Keurig cof­fee ma­chine plus six boxes of cof­fee pods. The win­ner, drawn af­ter open­ing week­end, was Del Hol­len­bach.

Yost and his busi­ness part­ner, Jeff Pet­tit, also run Her­mansader’s Garage and Auto Sales.

“I just like own­ing dif­fer­ent

types of busi­nesses,” Yost ex­plained, adding, “Ham­burg is a tight knit com­mu­nity. Ev­ery­one gets along and it has a lot of po­ten­tial. It’s a nice, clean town.”

The dessert shop is his first foray into a re­tail food busi­ness, Yost said. He jumped at the op­por­tu­nity when he

learned the pre­vi­ous owner of A La Mode, Kristy Hy­att, was look­ing to close. He rents the State Street lo­ca­tion but bought Hy­att’s equip­ment and cus­tomer base.

Af­ter the sale in early Jan­uary, work be­gan on the store’s “face-lift.”

“We did ren­o­va­tions, color changes and new lay­out,” Yost said, not­ing that Tim Best of lo­cal print shop, Be­sto­nium, helped cre­ate and in­stall new sig­nage.

Yost chose to keep most of Hy­att’s ice cream menu in­tact in­clud­ing Leiby’s ice cream. New menu of­fer­ings in­clude Philly-style cheese­cake, Blue Bunny nov­el­ties and an ex­panded ice­cream sun­dae op­tion. Dur­ing lin­ger­ing cold weather, the shop will also of­fer waf­fle ice-cream sand­wiches and cof­fee floats.

Yost said the com­mu­nity re­sponded well to the grand open­ing event.

“We had over 320 peo­ple. The week­end was good,” he con­firmed, with things slow­ing down a bit by Sun­day night. “Now it seems to be pick­ing up.”

Un­der his man­age­ment, Sweet Treats has new hours: 2 to 9 p.m. Satur­day and Sun­day, 4 to 9 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day. The shop, lo­cated at 234 State St., Ham­burg, will be closed on hol­i­days. Call 484-788-1218 for more in­for­ma­tion.

KOLLEEN LONG - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Cus­tomers lined up to sam­ple the of­fer­ings at Sweet Treats in Ham­burg, for­merly A La Mode, on March 24. The dessert shop will of­fer ice cream fa­vorites and has ex­panded the menu to in­clude other dessert op­tions.

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