Although much of its vendor lineup is dedicated to savory foods, R. House isn’t skimping on dessert.
Krystal Mack, owner of the local dessert mobiles PieCycle and KarmaPop, is opening her first brick-and mortar shop at R. House under a new brand, BLK // SUGAR. She’ll serve her sweets with Philadelphia-based Little Baby’s Ice Cream from the smallest space in the corner of R. House.
“We’ve been describing it as sort of a Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins of the future,” said Little Baby’s CEO Pete Angevine.
BLK // SUGAR (pronounced “Black Sugar”) will feature Mack's desserts, such as macarons, salted honey cake, lavender honey pie and chocolate sourdough bread. Her KarmaPop ice pops will also be available during warmer months.
Mack's offerings will be sold alongside Little Baby's dairy and nondairy ice creams and milkshakes. Little Baby’s will serve eight to 10 rotating flavors and is known for bizarre ice cream concoctions like Maryland barbecue, which incorporates homemade barbecue sauce and Old Bay, “and kind of tastes like you’re eating ribs and crabs at the same time,” Angevine said.
The stand will also serve nondessert items, including tea eggs and croissants, WOOT! granola, local yogurt and exclusive teas from Wight Tea Co.
The collaboration was born after R. House approached Mack asking if she was interested in joining the food hall. She was hesitant and asked her friends at Little Baby’s if they wanted to take her place. Instead, they joined forces to serve their sweets from one stall.
“It was kind of like a growing pain that pushed me to take my concept to the next level,” Mack said.
Price range: $3-$10