King Kone crosses street for larger location

King Kone is now at 4128 Springmill Rd. In Whitehall. PHOTO/SUBMITTED –

King Kone has gotten a bit bigger. 

The popular Whitehall ice cream shop has moved to a new, larger location at 4128 Springmill Road, directly across from its previous location 

“Even though it is winter, we have been busy at our new location,” said owner Rick Safi of North Whitehall. “People want to come and see our new place.” However, some customers aren’t aware of the move, and Safi has planned the grand opening to get the word out.” 

King Kone opened at its new location Jan. 18. It will have its official grand opening Feb. 16 from noon to 9 p.m. 

King Kone had been located in the Eagle Point Plaza strip mall at 5503 MacArthur Road since 1990. Safi bought the business in 2015.  

“I bought the ice cream shop from its original owner, Charlie Nemeth, who created a great business,” Safi said. “I am happy to continue the legacy and to take the much-loved shop to the next level.” 

The new stand-alone building offers 500 square feet more space than its previous mall location. 

All the equipment at the Springmill location is new. But the menu remains the same.  

There are more than 60 flavors of Leiby’s and Nelson’s hard and soft ice cream in cups and a variety of cones.  

The menu also features frozen yogurt, water ice, gelatis, creative sundaes, milkshakes and more.  

King Kone also serves special sundaes made specially for dogs. 

The new shop offers additional parking and a larger outdoor seating area, which Safi expects to be popular in good weather.  

A deck, with seating, was added to the building. The new location also allows King Kone to make its own ice cream cakes on the premises. 

King Kone announced its move across MacArthur Road almost two years ago.  

Completing the renovations to the building and securing the necessary permits took much longer than expected, Safi said. The building had been previously occupied by the Hoover Karate Academy. 

King Kone is open year-round. 

Microcreamery opening in Promenade Shops

Batch Microcreamery is opening at the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. –

A new sweet treat is coming to the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. 

The Center Valley shopping center in Center Valley has announced that Batch Microcreamery, a hand-crafted ice cream store modeled after the specialty environment in the microbrewery industry will be opening a 1,000-square-foot shop in the first quarter of 2023 near Lashes by Gab. 

The new ice cream shop will be owned by local entrepreneurs Manny Rodriguez and Rick Pongracz. 

“Batch Microcreamery is yet another fabulous addition to our retail lineup, and one we are sure our shoppers will heartily embrace,” said Natalia Stezenko, general manager for The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. “Since Centennial took over the management and leasing of The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley earlier this year, we have been attracting a number of enticing new tenants, including ELITE Salons & Suites, Squishable, and for the holiday season, a number of local entrepreneurs who are showcasing their wares in our Multi-Vendor Holiday Pop-Up Market. We enthusiastically embrace this kind of growth and change, and we are particularly gratified to welcome the new Batch Microcreamery store to our lineup.”

“Having grown up just 20 minutes away from The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, we couldn’t be more excited to provide our friends and neighbors in the Center Valley area with our distinctive brand of ice cream and the fun-filled experience they will have in our store,” says Pongracz, co-owner of Batch Microcreamery. “We selected The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley for our newest location because of the center’s upbeat atmosphere and exciting events and activities that include everything from holiday tree lightings to wine and craft beer pop-ups, each engaging the community and complementing the talents and offerings of the very successful retailers and restaurants throughout the center.”

Batch Microcreamery aims to capture the atmosphere of a microbrewery and combine it with the family-friendly atmosphere of an ice cream shop. 

The Batch menu is filled with freshly made ice creams in cups or cones as well as a variety of shakes and floats, ice cream sandwiches, and ice cream nachos.  

In addition to serving customers directly, Batch Microcreamery also offers wholesale ice cream to restaurants and event venues.