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Dover PA Smitties PretzelsDover PA is a growing community that maintains a small-town atmosphere in spite of its proximity to larger neighbors like York and Harrisburg. One reason why Dover PA is able to keep its hometown character is the love and support the community has for the local small businesses that often have been passed down for generations. One of the town's favorites, Smittie's Soft Pretzels, has been a staple of the community since 1934.

The History of Smittie's Soft Pretzels

In 1934, Lester Smith was struggling to get his own hard pretzel bakery off the ground after spending years working for a bakery that eventually failed. Along with many men of the time, when WWII broke out, Lester left his family and his bakery and enlisted in the military. When he returned, he refocused his efforts on creating unique pretzel creations that were a combination of the Pennsylvania Dutch style of the area and the German techniques he learned during the war.

Lester and his family took his products door-to-door and it wasn't long before Smittie's gained a reputation around town and customers wanted more. Over the years, the business expanded along with the Smith family, and the bakery has been passed down the family tree. Today, Todd Smith, Lester's grandson, is running the business and Todd's daughter handles many of the operations. 

The people of Dover PA have been enjoying Smittie's Soft Pretzels for more than 80 years and Smittie's is committed to remaining a part of the community and culture of York County.

The Roadside Stand

Whether they were on their way to a Saturday afternoon out with the family, or on their way home from Sunday services, the people of Dover PA all remember stopping at Smittie's Roadside Stand for a salty pretzel as part of their family traditions. When kids grow up and move away, the Roadside Stand is always one of their first stops when they return home to visit.

The original shack, as locals liked to call it, carried salted soft pretzels and pretzel sticks. Today, the Roadside Stand has added a few items to keep things interesting.

  • Pretzel Products. Of course, salted regular pretzels are a mainstay. The Roadside Stand also has salted pretzel sticks, salted pretzel twists, and unsalted varieties. 
  • Specialty Products. Cinnamon and sugar twists are a new favorite, along with pretzel rolls that are perfect for taking home for your next hot dog cookout. Mini pretzel sticks are another new item.
  • Sandwiches. Enjoy ham and cheese, turkey and cheese or a hot dog on a pretzel roll, or try a fresh smoked sausage. 
  • Drinks & Sides. Wash down your pretzel with a cold soda or Slush Puppie, and try one of the cheese or mustard cups to give your salted pretzel an extra kick.
  • Frozen Products. Perfect for long-term storage, individually wrapped pretzels, pretzel rolls, and mini rolls can be purchased frozen and taken home to enjoy later.

Where to Enjoy Smittie's

The Roadside Stand is located at 6065 Carlisle Road in Dover PA. It is open on Friday from noon to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Smittie's is also sold locally in Rutter's stores, Isaac's Deli, Rita's Ice Store, and Jeff's Subs. If you're not in the area, they can ship your pretzel products to you. For more information on where to find Smittie's Soft Pretzels or to place an order, call (800)353-1600.

If living in a quaint community filled with long-time residents sounds like an ideal lifestyle, calling Dover PA home may be the ideal choice to relocate.  Contact Homesale Realty for help finding houses in Dover.

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