The owners of a new bakery near Hellertown are having a soft opening and hoping area residents will soon stop in to confirm whether their baked goods and other offerings truly are “the bees’ knees.”
The Bees Knees Bakery at Honeycomb Creek Farm is located at the intersection of Moyer Road and Rt. 412, about five minutes south of Hellertown on the way to Springtown.
Owners Nicole Zane and Dennis O’Connell explained Friday that they recently hired veteran baker Gail “The Queen Bee” Hinkle of Germansville to run the business, which is located in a red roadside stand that resembles a miniature barn.
It’s an appropriate look for the building that represents the fruit of the couple’s recent farm-to-table labors.
Zane and O’Connell said they keep their own bees–producing roughly 12,000 pounds of honey from 300 hives annually–and raise chickens that produce eggs which are also used in the bakery’s products.
“We have a whole orchard in the back,” said O’Connell.
“Everything is fresh and local,” he stressed, adding that they will soon add breakfast and lunch sandwiches featuring local Saylor’s & Co. meats to their expanding menu.
They also hope to sell a Hellertown company’s teas at the bakery, which will offer coffee and cappuccino to go in addition to refrigerated beverages such as Boylan’s sodas and Joe Tea bottled teas.
Zane is a doctor at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and O’Connell is an engineer, however both said they are passionate about fresh, local food and the role it plays in helping to sustain the environment.
That’s why they also provide disposable straws, spoons and cups that are compostable and biodegradable.
Once the Bees Knees Bakery has its grand opening July 20, they said they hope to begin offering vegetarian and gluten-free breakfast and lunch options in addition to what’s already available: authentic New York bagels, cinnamon rolls, cookies, cupcakes, jarred honey, snacks, soft-serve ice cream and other frozen treats.
“We want to be that place where you don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy vegetarian sandwiches,” said Zane.
She added that leading up to the grand opening, The Bees Knees Bakery will be offering daily specials that will be advertised on its Facebook and Instagram feeds.
There is currently bench seating outside, with more seating on the way.
The Bees Knees Bakery accepts credit cards and currently is open Fridays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The plan is to open the bakery significantly earlier (at 5 a.m.) Monday through Thursday to help draw in the many commuters who pass by it daily on their way to work, Zane and O’Connell said.
The hours may be adjusted as they develop a regular clientele and a better understanding of when they will be stopping in for breakfast and lunch, they added.
“We’re going to serve really delicious food with a really friendly head chef,” Zane promised.
The Bees Knees Bakery is located at 3001 Moyer Road, Hellertown, PA 18055.
Major credit cards are accepted, there is a parking lot in front of the store and there is a handicapped-accessible public restroom available for customer use inside the business.