“People in East Falls are chomping at the bit,” said Gina Snyder, executive director of the East Falls Development Corporation.

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East Falls is about to become Santa’s favorite stop as the Famous 4th Street Cookie Co. Founders David and Janie Auspitz have sold the 30-year-old bakery to restaurateur Brian Phillips and his wife, Tina, and lawyer Michael Untermeyer.

While the retail store at the 12th Street entrance of Reading Terminal Market will remain, the bakery will move from South Fourth Street in Queen Village to 4177-85 Ridge Ave, the former home of a state liquor store.

He now owns and operates the Copabanana bar and grill in University City.

“It’s not a business that is cut out for everybody,” Phillips said. I love dealing with people.” So does his longtime friend and now business partner Untermeyer, who worked as an assistant district attorney under Lynne Abraham and unsuccessfully ran for Philly’s District Attorney seat in 2009.

Regardless of whatever is on the baking list for the week, fresh cookies are a must, as I always try to keep my cookie jar full of new tastes and ingredients.

My friends and family just know that whenever they come for a visit there will always be something sweet next to their coffee, and they enjoy eating it almost as much as I enjoy baking it.

That expansion includes growing online and mail-order business, as well as adding a retail outlet to the Ridge Avenue location.

“We’ll probably sell coffee and hot chocolate,” Phillips said.

“We wanted somewhere that had a loading zone and a better layout for the operation,” said Phillips, a 40-year food industry veteran.