About us

The Great American Creamery Company is a fully featured micro creamery concept located in the heart of Downtown Reading, PA. Serving soft serve and hand dipped ice cream cones, sundaes, milkshakes, specialty frozen desserts.

"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 and award winning Berkey Creamery.

Owner Balasios Lahaniatis is a second generation ice cream man. Born and raised in Reading, PA, he helped his father Manny for many summers as he served the families of Northeast Reading from the window of "Manny's Ice Cream" truck. 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 award winning Berkey recipe, he will develop the signature Great American Creamery classics, as well as premise made soft serve, whip cream and novelties.

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. 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 principles to guide the establishment and expansion of the micro-creamery model.