Open again (Except Mondays)!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that as of April 3rd—the 2-year anniversary of our shop’s original opening date—we are back in business in Downtown. We’ve got lots more seating, room for more flavors in our freezers, a new coffee station, and a new pastry display case.

For the time being, we’ve cut back down to six days a week in order to get up to speed on the new setup, train new and returning staff, and just have a little time to breathe before summer hits hard. So if you want to eat our ice cream on a Monday, stock up on pints beforehand, or find some of the other folks who carry it.

Soon we’ll be taking bookings for our Party Room and accepting special orders for ice cream cakes online. To find out more, subscribe to our email newsletter, follow us on social media, or just keep watching this space!

We’ve got some good news…and some bad news.

Let’s start with the bad news first. Unfortunately, construction on our shop’s expansion is undergoing some major delays. Going through a brick wall in a multi-story building is pretty complicated. Since expanding the shop means cutting through a brick masonry wall, that also means finding a way to reinforce that wall and keep it holding up the building. The way to do that is to put in some steel beams and concrete footers under the floor, on firmly packed soil. Read more

Concrete everywhere!

In case you were wondering just how messy it can get when you have to cut into a concrete floor, we’ve got the answer for you right here.

 

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We just thought you needed to know. We’ll be over here sneaking scoops of ice cream out of the walk-in.

Our first Durham-themed flavor!

As I’m sure most of you have noticed, it takes us a really long time to get around to making the flavors that most people consider “classics’. Take, for example, cookies and cream ice cream. It took us until this past summer to make our first batch (when we accidentally overbaked some cookies), and we’ve been churning ice cream since 2011. Our first summer out with the bus back in 2011, we didn’t even have plain chocolate. Milk chocolate malt, chocolate masala, chocolate black pepper, dark chocolate orange…but no regular chocolate.

However, we’ve come round to the idea that classics are classics for a reason. So we resolve to do them well, or to put our own crazy spin on them. Enter Roxboro Road.

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In case you haven’t guessed, Roxboro Road is our take on rocky road ice cream. Traditionally, rocky road is a chocolate ice cream with nuts and marshmallows. We made ours special with a milk chocolate ice cream base, toasted candied hazelnut bits, marshmallow pieces, and slivered almonds. And maybe the name is corny, but maybe it’s a testament to how much we love our town. In fact, we’re already thinking up some future Durham-themed flavors!

 

We’re growing

You may have read the news making the rounds that we’re expanding our shop to include the space next door (119 Market, formerly occupied by Playworks). We’re very excited to add a pastry case, a dedicated coffee station, another register, and extra seating—including private party space. (In boring news, we’re also adding more dry storage space and will finally move our desk out of the kitchen staff’s way, into a proper office.)

Most of the details are in the press release we just sent out (pasted in below), so we don’t need to go into it all. We just wanted to announce it on our own site, where we can take comments— and preemptively answer some questions. Read more