A bit of ev­ery­thing in Spring­town

Gen­eral store gives Bucks vil­lagers a place close to home to buy gro­ceries, other goods

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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.

Re­tail Watch keeps track of new stores, restau­rants and banks in the Le­high Val­ley. Con­tact Ryan Kneller at 610-820-6597 or re­tail­[email protected] Re­tail Watch ap­pears ev­ery Sun­day.

PHO­TOS BY RYAN KNELLER/THE MORN­ING CALL

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.

Ryan Kneller

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