A new business in the heart of Springtown–part general store, part coffeehouse, part floral design center, part gift shop and part several other things–will serve as a much-needed place to pick up milk, coffee, prepared foods and other conveniences, its owner says.
The Springtown General opens Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7 a.m. and will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., said owner Jamie Wright, who will run the store with help from her family, including her three teenage children.
“This place wears a lot of hats,” said Wright, whose vocational background is as a professional gardener and floral designer in Bucks County. “We’re not a convenience store, but we’re conveniently located with convenient products.”
She said she plans to locally source as much of the wares and food she sells as possible. For example, the brewed coffee at the Springtown General is roasted by Four Monkeys Coffee in Kutztown, and bagged beans are also for sale. But while selling locally-sourced products is important, popular mainstream brands of things like soda and potato chips will also be sold.
Wright said it’s as important for her to appeal to the commuter who wants to grab a cup of coffee and something for breakfast on his way to work as it is to be a place where local moms can meet up for coffee and conversation.
A large room at the back of the building will be multifunctional; available for use by freelance floral designers, artists and hopefully artist-led classes.
“I want a place where people feel comfortable,” she stressed, adding that it is important for it be practical, too, since Springtown doesn’t even currently have a store where someone can buy a pint of half-and-half. Instead of buying things like that locally, residents typically trek to the nearest supermarket, which is miles away in Lower Saucon Township.
Wright and her family live in Springtown, not far from the store. She is originally from Lower Bucks County, she said, and previously had a store in Milford, N.J.
Before the Wrights moved to the village in 2016 they lived in Pipersville. But their association with Springtown goes back nearly two decades, and they also feel very much a part of the larger Springfield Township community, since their children attend Palisades schools.
“It’s just such a cute little community,” she said. “I love being able to walk to the post office. You know everybody.”
Jamie’s husband Blayne works for a company that did the renovations to the landmark building, which has a vacant second floor that could eventually become additional space for the business, she said.
The first floor features refinished original hardwood floors, a gleaming tin ceiling, period lighting, a counter seating area, coolers and a restroom.
One of the prize pieces of decor is a weathered wooden sign that advertised a general store that a century ago or more served the people of Springtown.
That store was located where the Springtown General will continue the local mercantile tradition, and Wright recently shared on Facebook a photo of the outside of the building in its earliest days, when the store was run by the Miller family.
All of the food that is sold at the Springtown General–things like soups, salads and sandwiches–will be prepared offsite by area purveyors such as Local Mama Catering Company and I’m Hungry Food Depot in Hellertown. Nelli Rae’s Kitchen, which is a restaurant in Revere, will sell vegan and vegetarian options there, and Wright said she’s been talking to Bowman’s North in Riegelsville about selling their food as well.
“It will be a constant rotation of items,” Wright said, noting that she’ll be learning about what sells and what doesn’t and deciding what items to bring to the Springtown General based on the buying habits of her new clientele.
“I don’t want this to be work for everyone and be stressful,” she said, describing her business ethos. “I want it to be easy.”
Wright said she also plans to develop a website in the future.
The store is located at 3160 Rt. 212 (Main Street), Springtown, PA 18081.