After a few busy weeks visiting with many great customers around Southern USA and Florida, my wife Nancy and I meet up with our daughter and her family. The best part of that week was sharing ice cream with my grandson Oliver. We hit all the great shops in the Sarasota area. One in particular is Orange Octopus Ice Cream, with 2 locations, our favorite is located behind Captain Curt’s Crab & Oyster Bar on Siesta Key, Florida. Oliver loves all their Homemade Ice Creams.
I have had the pleasure to serve Moncef Bennaji and his wife with both their stores. If you are in the Sarasota area, stop by, they make some of the best tasting Ice Creams. My grandson Oliver says so!
There was a time that if you wanted a Scooped Ice Cream cone you went to the local hand dipped ice cream shop, if you wanted soft serve you went to the local Dairy Bar. Today selling both Hard and Soft Ice Cream at the same shop continues to grow. Why? Because it is the answer to serving your customer’s wants. Can a shop survive selling only 1 style Ice Cream, Yes. But the growing trend is to blend both into the shop menu.
Charlotte’s Soft Serve Ice Cream shop, is a example of this move to selling both. Why? Because her customers wanted both. How hard is it to add 8 or more flavors of scooped ice cream? It is easy, contact your local Ice Cream Supplier – Dairy. In Charlotte’s case she added Perry’s Ice Cream. This becomes a profitable partnership between you the shop owner and your ice cream supplier.
Once you have your equipment and work flow laid out it is time to go to the designer. The Design firm,Mindful Design Consulting, will take my layout and develop your total store package; from construction drawings to the color on your cups to developing your social media branding, they can add the COLOR and JAZZ that keeps your customers coming back.
Several weeks ago I, George Dunlap, had the pleasure to be interviewed by Katia Kohlwes of Mindful Design Consulting. We talked about helping entrepreneurs in the ice cream retail business. Her company, Mindful Design, offers a unique vision and connection between modern Store Branding & Retail Store Layout.Checkout the interview here.
Ample Hills Creamery has become a favorite among New York City-based ice cream aficionados thanks in part to its rich tastes and zany flavors.The local chain was born in Brooklyn in the spring of 2011 to budding entrepreneurs Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscana. The couple began creating ice cream and baked goods from scratch, spending hours a day churning out their original flavors. Ample Hills has grown rapidly, expanding to nine locations in New York City, one in Disney World and now, a new store coming to New Jersey. Smith said he has big plans for the future, including growing the business to be on the level of Starbucksor Ben & Jerry’s. He told Bloomberg that he plans to complete a Series A funding round this fall, and is hoping to raise $8 million. Plans for a massive ice cream factory are also in the works.”We want our brick-and-mortar shops to be community hubs in the way that [Starbucks executive chairman] Howard Schultz transformed the idea of coffee shops into a destination. Where people go to pass the time … we want to do that with ice cream,” he said. I was curious to see if Ample Hills Creamery would live up to the hype, so I visited two locations within New York City.
ice cream alert! Humphry Slocombe just opened in OaklandHumphry Slocombe, the far-out-popular ice-cream company with strange-sounding names, just opened a “parlor” in a shipping container in Oakland. (Courtesy Humphry Slocombe)Humphry Slocombe, the far-out-popular ice-cream company with strange-sounding names, just opened a “parlor” in a shipping container in Oakland. (Courtesy Humphry Slocombe)By Angela Hill | firstname.lastname@example.org | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: September 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm | UPDATED: September 11, 2017 at 4:46 pmAt least the recent hot weather in the Bay Area served up a sweet silver lining: a screaming desire for ice cream.And that desire has been fulfilled, especially for the cult followers of Humphry Slocombe’s.For more food and drink coveragefollow us on Flipboard.The SF-based ice cream company, founded by Jake Godby and Sean Vahey in 2008 and known for its wild and wacky flavors (like Hibiscus Beet Sorbet, Elvis: The Fat Years and Here’s Your Damn Strawberry), opened its first East Bay site in Oakland a couple of weeks ago. Mmmm, “First East Bay Site.” That could be one of their flavors!The new Humphry Slocombe can be found at The Hive in Oakland’s Uptown district, a shopping/gathering space that’s already home to hip spots like Drake’s Dealership brewery and Firebrand Artisan Breads.And you can’t miss Humphry Slocombe. For one, there’s probably a huge, long line. Plus, the ice cream stand is in an electric-blue shipping container, just across from Peoples Barber & Shop.They do indeed plan Oakland-centric flavors, like Oatlandish — a combo of Drake’s stout and oatmeal cookie.Like the Oakland Tribune Facebook page for more conversation and news coverage from Oakland and beyond.Humphry Slocombe is at 2335 Broadway (between 24th and 25th streets), Oakland; open 1 to 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon to midnight Friday-Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday; www.humphryslocombe.com.
BY: George Dunlap, C. Nelson and I have had the pleasure to work with the Dager family, owners of Velvet Ice Cream, for over 30 years. We have supplied their ice cream dipping cabinet needs for the Ye Olde Mill as well as for their many scoop shop customers. The attached blog post from Nicole at A Local Choice tells a great story of, an Ohio business owned by an Ohio family, the Dager family and their great tasting ice cream. Enjoy the read and enjoy a day trip to Utica, Ohio for a visit to the Ye Olde Mill and when you are there enjoy a scoop of their great tasting ice cream.
A Local Choice Thursday, September 1, 2016 Ice Cream Dreams Velvet Ice Cream
Recently my nephew, a self-proclaimed expert in the field of ice cream, accompanied me on a trip to historic Ye Olde Mill and the Velvet Ice Cream facility in Utica, Ohio. A short drive northeast of Columbus lands you at this 26 acre property where you can not only view your favorite ice cream flavors being made right before your very eyes, but after you work up an appetite touring the scenic grounds and learning the deep rooted history of the company, you can visit the full service restaurant and adjacent ice cream parlor where you are encouraged to eat your dessert first.
My visit began by meeting with a member of the Velvet marketing team, whose job comes with the most delicious of perks – free ice cream! As the story behind one of the oldest family owned
and operated ice cream companies in the country was shared, my mind began to fill with thoughts of towering scoops of Raspberry Fudge Cordial, Buckeye Classic, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Cookie Dough Extreme. In 1903 founder Joseph Dager emigrated through Ellis Island from Lebanon in search of the American dream. As other family members went to work in the Cleveland steel mills, Dager realized the city life wasn’t exactly what he had in mind, instead meeting up with a relative who was making chocolates in the rural city of Utica. Dager decided to focus his future on something much sweeter 1914 Velvet Ice Cream began offering the first of what would grow to be a myriad of flavors – Original Vanilla. With a company name derived from the velvety texture of their product, Dager soon expanded Velvet’s flavors to include chocolate and strawberry, as well as producing their own ice to combat a lack of refrigeration. As the years passed, the 2nd and 3rd generation of Dagers grew the business beyond the state of Ohio. In the 1960s, the family purchased the current property including the original grist and lumber mill which date back to 1817! Two centuries ago, the old mill used the power of the Licking River to turn its massive wheel in order to grind wheat into flour and later cut lumber. Although the mill is no longer operational its photogenic appeal adds to the charm of the property.