About us

Great American Creamery is a fully-featured creamery concept located in the heart of Downtown Reading, PA. Conveniently located across from the DoubleTree of Reading hotel and the Santander Arena, GAC serves hand-dipped and soft serve ice cream cones, sundaes, milkshakes, floats, specialty frozen desserts and more. "Pop up" events are available for community, corporate, and personal occasions. We are proud to source our hand-dipped ice cream from Penn State University's world renowned Berkey Creamery!

Balasios Lahaniatis, owner, is a second generation Ice Cream Man and has recently transitioned from software development to "soft-serve development". His father, Manny, drove "Manny's Ice Cream" truck, serving families in northeast Reading for over 30 years! Continuing the legacy, Balasios is an alumni of the prestigious Penn State School of Agriculture Ice Cream Short Course, class of 2020. Trained on the Berkey Creamery recipe and process, he will develop the signature Great American Creamery hand-dipped classics as well as on premise made soft serve ice cream, whipped cream, novelties and more!

Lucine Sihelnik, owner, has worked in the Greater Reading area for over 15 years on Agriculture, Community and Economic Development projects through her own Community Organization, Gayatri Wellness as well as serving as a City of Reading councilwoman of District 1. She brings an expertise of strategic partnerships, planning, and leadership. Her passion is to source locally to support the "cow to cone" model and bring fundamental sustainability principals to guide the establishment and expansion of the creamery model.

Contact us

The Best Ice Cream is waiting for you at the Great American Creamery

645 Penn Street Reading, PA 19601
ph: (484) 525-0404 email: GreatAmericanCreamery@gmail.com