October 02, 2009
Downtown 'Kreamery' provides ice-cold indulgences
Bolig, the owner of two other businesses in Selinsgrove, opened the ice cream parlor at 26 S. Market St. on Monday, Sept. 21.
The official grand opening of Kate's Kreamery will take place on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 10:30 a.m.
"I was pleased with how smoothly the opening went," Bolig said.
Susquehanna students were greeted by a $1-off coupon in their mailboxes in mid-September to encourage foot traffic in Kate's Kreamery prior to the official opening.
The coupons are good through Oct. 15.
The ice cream parlor offers 16 flavors of hand-dipped Hershey's ice cream. Customers can order ice cream cones, sundaes, shakes and one-of-a-kind creations. The store will also be selling ice cream cakes.
The inside of the store includes parlor tables and chairs, wainscoted walls and display windows where customers can sit down and observe the passersby on the streets of Selinsgrove.
When asked about the ice cream parlor, Bolig said: "I thought our town needed it [...] Retail is changing, especially in hometowns. I took it into consideration when I opened Kate's Kreamery."
According to a news release in Susquehanna's E-Newsletter, Kate's Kreamery is making plans to be open seven days a week.
Bolig opened her first business 20 years ago in Selinsgrove. Her first store was a retail store originally called Bearly Country.
When the store was moved to the Susquehanna Valley Mall in 2005, Bolig changed the name to Sarah-Kate Interiors, a combination of her daughters' names.
Sarah-Kate Interiors later became a chain, with another store located in downtown Selinsgrove on Market Street.
Both stores are reminiscent of boutique-style shopping, selling various gifts and trinkets with an old-fashioned country feel. Both stores also sell the Vera Bradley collections of hand bags and accessories.
According to Sarah-Kate Interiors, Inc.'s Facebook page, "In our stores we carry many lines. Some include Vera Bradley, Johnston Benchworks, Life is Good and Simply Accessories, etc. All of our wonderful employees at Sarah-Kate try to create a great shopping experience for you and we value your support."
"Sarah-Kate [Interiors] is absolutely fabulous. When I'm up at school, it's my favorite place to go for Vera Bradley. They have so many unique products and it's a great place to find cute gifts for friends," senior Megan Strunk said.
In this store, a tea room was added in 2008 called Sarah's Teacup, which was named after Bolig's youngest daughter.
Sarah's Teacup, according to its Facebook page, serves "sandwiches, scones, quiche, soups, salads and of course tea" and was inspired by Sarah's love for tea.
A review posted of the chain on insiderpages.com said, "This store is an excellent place to shop for holiday gifts and its tea house has a huge selection of interesting and delicious teas and desserts. I also ordered the and desserts. I also ordered the best sandwich I've had in a long time at this store."
Each of Bolig's businesses has been a family effort, she said
Kate's Kreamery is directly adjacent to Sarah's Teacup and is named after her oldest daughter.
Business hours for the downtown Sarah-Kate Interiors are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tea room is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Two local high school sprint car drivers are sponsored by Bolig's businesses.
Bolig also works closely with Mostly Mutts, a no-kill animal shelter located in Sunbury.
During the grand opening of Kate's Kreamery, a money ribbon will be used, allowing customers to make a donation toward the shelter.
The grand opening of Kate's Kreamery will include specials throughout the day as well as opening events.
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