A bit of everything in Springtown
General store gives Bucks villagers a place close to home to buy groceries, other goods
Residents of a rural Bucks County village no longer have to travel miles for groceries, flowers, prepared meals and more.
The Springtown General, which opened Jan. 5 at 3160 Route 212 in the Springtown section of Springfield Township, offers a wide assortment of goods
— from baking supplies, canned goods, condiments and pet food to greeting cards, produce, office supplies and toiletries.
“The store has a little bit of everything — everything I would want to see as a resident, at least,” said owner Jamie Wright, who lives less than half a mile away from the store. “The amount of times we've been snowed in, had electrical problems or just not wanted to travel to Giant in Hellertown for a few items are countless.”
In addition to eggs, medicine and other groceries, the store carries jewelry, pottery and other wares made by local artisans.
Wright, a professional florist and gardener, also sells custom flower arrangements and potted plants.
Other local goods include baked goods from Northampton's Warm Sugar Bakery, coffee from Kutztown's Four Monkeys Coffee Roaster, milk and ice cream from Bernville's Way-Har Farms, rolls from Bethlehem's Lusitania Bakery and vegan and vegetarian selections from Nockamixon Township's Nelli Rae’s Kitchen.
For individuals looking to avoid cooking, shepherd's pie, vegan hummus pasta, turkey pineapple chili and other prepared dishes from Local Mama’s Catering of Hellertown also are offered.
“We don't want to compete with anybody and we want to support everybody,” Wright said. “We love that we're creating a convenient community hub where people can meet or catch up with neighbors.”
The store, which offers lounge chairs, counter seating and free Wi-Fi, occupies a renovated building — complete with refurbished hardwood flooring and a tin ceiling — that originally housed a general store more than a century ago, Wright said.
A back room will be used for classes in art, gardening and more.
The Springtown General is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Info: 484-379-3575. its long relationship with fans who have referred to the brand simply as “Dunkin'.”
According to a Jan. 3 news release, Dunkin' will introduce “bright and bold new product packaging” in its restaurants across the country this month. The Portland Dunkin', which features a drive-thru, is part of the chain's roster of more than 12,700 restaurants in 43 countries.
In the Lehigh Valley, Dunkin' boasts more than three dozen locations and another eatery will anchor a proposed strip center, set to open this year at 4098 Bath Pike in Hanover Township, Northampton County, according to Ayon Codner, vice president of the James Balliett Commercial Group, which is handling leasing.
That restaurant will be one of five tenants and no other deals have been finalized.
“We're planning on building in early spring,” Codner said.
In Whitehall Township, the year-old Pocono Brewery Co. will hold a grand opening of its first satellite location 3-5 p.m. Friday at the former Ann Taylor space at the Lehigh Valley Mall's outdoor Lifestyle Center.
The upcoming taproom, next to the recently relocated Apple store, will supplement Pocono Brewery's full-service restaurant and microbrewery, which owner Silvio Vitiello opened in June 2017 at 2092 Route 611 in the Swiftwater section of Pocono Township, according to GraceAnn Horstman, PBC's marketing and events manager.
The 2,200-square-foot taproom, with bar and table seating, will offer at least 13 draft beers, including seasonal brews such as a pumpkin porter and peach blonde, made with fruit from Heckman Orchards in Chestnuthill Township, Horstman said.
The upcoming Whitehall venue also will serve food, including salads, nachos and the company's popular woodfired pizzas, Horstman said.
News of the upcoming taproom follows September's announcement that Johnny’s Bagels & Deli has plans to open its fifth Lehigh Valley eatery in a space on the lower level of Lehigh Valley Mall near Boscov’s. For the last few months, the eatery has been temporarily operating out of the former Lehigh Deli space on the second floor, but it should move to the lower level space in mid-February, owner John Zohir said. exercises and weight training.
Learn-2-Burn, for example, features high-intensity interval training, while Fun. Fit. utilizes more functional fitness equipment, including battle ropes, kettlebells, medicine balls, plyometric boxes, and speed and agility ladders.
Wimberly, a 2000 graduate of Salisbury High School, competed in football, basketball and track and field growing up.
He earned his bachelor's degree in professional fitness training and exercise science from Arizona's Bryan University and, in recent years, worked at Steel Fitness Premier in South Whitehall Township as a trainer, fitness manager and regional fitness director.
Pricing varies depending on how many sessions you choose, with larger packages leading to cheaper overall rates. Free introductory classes are available. Info: 610-6745263. sign on the door reading, “The Parlour has closed.”
Another business that has shuttered without explanation is Joy Donuts & Comfort Food, whose signs have been removed at 767 Union Blvd. in east Allentown.
The business, offering doughnuts, ice cream and more, opened less than a year ago at the former Taco Bell building.
Lastly, Dan’s Camera City, founded in 1977, in a few weeks will merge its 7-year-old store at 3812 Easton Nazareth Highway in Lower Nazareth Township with its flagship store at 1439 Fairmont St. in South Whitehall Township, according to a notice posted Monday on the business' Facebook page.
“Although business at the Easton location remains very good, the terms offered for us to renew our lease just won't work for us,” Dan's co-owner Mike Woodland wrote in the notice. “After considering all our options, we made the hard decision that it's best to focus on our Allentown location — a large facility that we own, rather than rent from someone else. We're working on plans to remodel and enhance our main Allentown store to provide you with more interactive, handson educational areas.”
Dan's, which offers new and used cameras, film processing, photo gifts and more, plans to end operations in Lower Nazareth on Feb. 2 and a customer appreciation sale will be held that weekend.
The company is working with a couple of businesses in the Easton area to offer a convenient option for picking up orders in Northampton County.
Dan's will leave the Lower Nazareth strip mall around the same time as another tenant, Aman’s Artisan Indian Cuisine, which is moving to 336 Northampton St. in Easton.
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The Springtown General owner Jamie Wright lives less than half a mile from her newly opened store, saying it’s a nice option for when residents don’t want to drive a ways to pick up a few items.
The Springtown General occupies a renovated building at 3160 Route 212, Springfield Township.
The Springtown General has local coffee, as well as baked goods, produce, prepared foods, dry goods, flowers and artisan wares; it will also offer classes.