From street to store: Mr. Sticky’s now a fixture on ‘the strip’
One can’t help but breathe in the sweet aroma of freshly made sticky buns upon entering this Loyalsock Township restaurant.
The regular, walnut, cream cheese iced cinnamon and peanut butter iced cinnamon buns are not only the big sellers at Mr. Sticky’s, they are also very addictive.
Just ask Marcy Poorman, who with her husband, Phil, owns and operates Mr. Sticky’s.
The two have been selling sticky buns well before they established a brick and mortar business at 1948 E. Third St.
Both are former teachers who had a restaurant in Centre Hall and sold their popular sticky buns from a trailer.
“We couldn’t do both,” she said.
But the sticky buns were taking off and after adding a second trailer from which to sell the tasty treats, they decided to make the big move to find a permanent location at their present site.
“Everyone said, ‘you’ll never make a go of it here because no one else has,’ “ she said.
All these years later, they have made sticky buns their livelihood. Well, sort of.
Mr. Sticky’s is more than just a place for those sweet treats.
Customers also can come for the salads, soups, burgers, deli and panini sandwiches.
“All of our soups are homemade. We do homemade pot pies. Everything here is made from scratch from our recipes,” Poorman said.
Side orders include fresh cut fries, cole slaw and applesauce.
There are bagels and hash browns for breakfast lovers.
Drinks are soda, coffee, iced lattes, orange juice and different juice flavors.
The restaurant seats about 40.
There also is a drive thru.
“At least one-third of our business is the drive thru,” she said.
Customers include those who come for the sticky buns, but also to eat lunch or even a dinner.
But the sticky buns are the big part of the business.
There are the local customers and those from afar.
“I Fed-Ex buns all over the U.S.,” Poorman said.
Many businesses buy packages of the buns for parties.
Poorman said she only wishes more orders to Mr. Sticky’s would be placed ahead of time.
“You can’t anticipate what people want,” she said.
All buns are freshly baked each day.
“We don’t sell day old buns,” she said.
Mr. Sticky’s also does a lot of fundraisers for organizations.
The business has several mobile units it can utilize for doing on-site fundraisers.
Looking back, Poorman seems happy about what she and her husband have accomplished.
“It provides full-time employment for our children,” she said.
Asked to give advice to any prospective business owners, she said, “You need to consider all aspects before you take the plunge. It’s a 24/7 job.”