- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Roopa Patel received more than 30 messages in her Facebook inbox when the little pink house on Baltimore Street put up a for sale sign.

The quaint building in the heart of Gettysburg’s tourist section served as the home of Gettysburg Cupcake until the store closed in January. Patel’s friends knew she could help fill the empty building — and locals’ desires for sweet treats.

Seven months, lots of baking and dozens of flavor experiments later, the building, now painted yellow, has a new purpose as the home of Treat Yo’ Self, Patel’s frozen yogurt and bake shop.

The store, which opened in early July, features about 20 flavors of self-serve frozen yogurt, 40 toppings and different baked goods daily. Patel also hopes to add made-to-order donuts and coffee before the end of summer.

For 29-year-old Patel, a life-long Gettysburg resident and aficionado of baked goods, the store represents the culmination of years spent learning about the ins and outs of running a business from her dad, who runs a hotel in town.

After graduating from Penn State with a degree in hotel and restaurant management, Patel started catering cupcakes and other sweets at small events. As she thought about opening a shop, she realized her hometown already had bake shops but had few options for frozen yogurt.

When Gettysburg Cupcake went up for sale, Patel saw an opportunity to bring those plans to fruition.

“I loved it,” she said of the building. “It kind of put my dream into reality.”

Several friends and customers have asked Patel if she got the idea for the store’s name from the TV show “Parks and Recreation,” in which characters partake in an annual “Treat Yo’ Self Day” spa and shopping excursion.

The name actually came from her 8- and 11-year-old nephews who, Patel said, were beyond proud of the punny moniker. Neither she nor they have ever watched “Parks and Recreation,” she said, but Patel feels like she should check it out now.

Patel said she hopes to hold a grand opening around Labor Day and stay open year-round. In the long run, she would like to open a room for special events, like cupcake decorating classes, and maybe branch out as a franchise.

Members of the Arntz family, of Fairfield, were among the customers to visit the shop in its first month open.

Sitting beside Treat Yo’ Self’s porch, Jessica Arntz enjoyed what she called a “sampler” of cheesecake, mango and butter pecan frozen yogurt. She had just brought her 6-year-old daughter, Brylee, back from karate practice, and they figured they would check out the new shop on the way home.

Brylee, still dressed in her karate pants and belt, enjoyed a mix of red velvet, chocolate chip and cheesecake frozen yogurts. When asked if she would eat at Treat Yo’ Self again, she didn’t hesitate to answer.

“Yeah, once a day!” she said.

If you go

What: Treat Yo’ Self

Where: 430 Baltimore St., Gettysburg

Hours: Noon to 10 p.m. weekdays, open until 11 p.m. weekends

Contact: 717-420-2914

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