My Sweet Cup yogurt shop opens in Bonneauville

MANY CHOICES - Rich Faloon, far right, owner of Faloon's Mini Market/My Sweet Cup frozen yogurt, watches as Olivia Faloon, far left, and Emily Spangler put some toppings on their frozen yogurt at Faloon's Mini Market in Bonneauville. (Darryl Wheeler/Gettysburg Times)

Clusters of people in their teens and 20s milled around at Faloon's Mini Market/My Sweet Cup at 45 W Hanover Street in Bonneauville, serving themselves assorted flavors of My Sweet Cup frozen yogurt and loading it up with toppings.

It's a new wrinkle in owner Rich Faloon's 16-year experience at providing service and goodies at the convenience store he opened on July 3, 1999.

Yep, same date as when he launched the My Sweet Cup franchise.

"We worked really hard to get to open on that date," Faloon said.

The store provides the usual convenience store stuff, everything from flashlight batteries to hot dogs to those odd things you don't know you need until you see them on a shelf.

Randy Faloon, another member of the family, said the family has run businesses in the Gettysburg/Hanover area since his grandfather's day.

"We had a convenience store and carwash on the Biglerville Road - my grandfather built the car wash - we have had car washes, video stores in Gettysburg and Harrisburg, the A+ in Hanover, Rich had the Seafood and Subs place in Hanover back in the 1980s. When Rich started thinking about expanding this store, the My Sweet Cup seemed to be the way to move forward."

Rich said the store is featuring some introductory offers.

"On Monday, we have a Buy One, Get One Free special," he said. "On Wednesdays, you can fill a cup for four dollars."

A hint: They are pretty big cups.

Store hours are: Monday-Thursday, 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

"I have been in business here for 30 years," said Rich Faloon, who is 53. "We treat everybody like family. A lot of my customers I've known since they were little kids. I love my job. I love the interaction."

He apparently also loves to work. He comes in at 4:30 a.m. during the weeks, gets everything chugging along, does paperwork, and then drives off in time to be at his full-time Gettysburg College job. He has worked there for 34 years.

"If I won a big lottery, I think I'd set up some funds to help some people, take care of my family, and just keep doing what I do," he said.

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