Happy Day Dessert Factory on Western Avenue continues to serve up “good vibes and premium homemade ice cream.”

Photo: The grand opening of Happy Day Dessert Factory on Western Avenue was all set for March 28, then the coronavirus caused a change of plans. Courtesy of Happy Day Dessert Factory

By Hallie Lauer

Galen Moorer Jr. grew up around frozen treats, so when it came time to pick a business venture, ice cream was one of the first things on his mind.

His store, Happy Day Dessert Factory, was supposed to hold its soft opening on March 16 and its grand opening on March 28, but because of the orders put in place by Governor Tom Wolf, the dessert factory had to push back its plans.

They are currently operating as takeout only and are offering delivery services through DoorDash. They hope to offer delivery services through Grubhub, Uber Eats, and Postmates soon.


“I had planned to open the store last summer, but I faced numerous construction delays,” Moorer said in an email. “It’s not how I wanted to start off, but it is what it is and it’s not what it’s not. I am just happy to say that we are open.”

While the middle of a pandemic may not be the most ideal time to start a new business venture, Moorer is optimistic about the future of Happy Day Dessert Factory.

“Business is booming considering the quarantine,” Moorer said. “We are doing extremely well; there hasn’t been a slow period yet. The community has been extremely supportive of our business.” 

The name of the shop comes from his grandmother.

“She is a wonderful, bright and joyful person. She is always singing ‘Oh Happy Day’ by Edwin Hawkins.”

View this post on Instagram

Thanks for coming and showing some support !

A post shared by Happy Day Dessert Factory (@happydaydessertfactory) on

Moorer attributes part of the shop’s success to being well known in the community. His father used to own Rita’s Italian Ice on the Northside, and his family has lived in the Mexican War Streets for over 40 years.

“The store will officially be open for dine-in services the second restaurants are permitted to seat people again,” Moorer said. When the quarantine is over, Moorer said, he plans to host events at his shop for local artists.

Customers can follow Happy Day Dessert Factory on Instagram to see the homemade ice cream and to stay up to date on the shop.

Related posts:

The Northside Chronicle Channel: Refucilo Winery

Meet the feline celebrities of Allegheny West

Alleys, Axles, and Ales returns to Allegheny West


Northside Chronicle Town Hall Subscription