Ice cream shop up and running

Published 8:35 am Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Since a soft opening on May 30, the parking lot of Aunt Elsie’s Ice Cream Shoppe has been filled.

Amanda Quick Chavers, owner of the local ice cream shop, said the first weeks of the business have been busy but fun.

“We open at 11 a.m. every day and people start coming in as soon as we open,” Chavers said. “We are open until 8 p.m. and we have to lock the door to be able to close then.”

The business has been so good, in fact, that the shop actually had to be closed this past Sunday due to running out of ice cream.

“That proves we had a great opening week,” Chavers said.

The shop, named after a special aunt in the family, is located at the edge of Burnt Corn Creek by the bridge adjacent to Jennings Park. Hours for the shop are Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Chavers was given the green light to move forward with plans for renovations and opening back in March. At the time of the lease approval from the City of Brewton, Chavers had said they would certainly be open by Blueberry Festival in June.

“It’s been busy,” Chavers said. “I even told my mom we may get skinny selling ice cream.”

Monday afternoon found Chavers, and her sister Grace Cannon dipping up favorites by the scoop and even conjuring up a banana split for one customer. Sophie , Cannon’s daughter, was working the register to take care of customers eager to taste their treats.

The shop even has a new addition to the already growing menu at the shop. On Saturday, the Blueberry Cheesecake Sundae was introduced and took off quickly.

“We were gonna wait until the blueberry festival,” Chavers said.  “But what the heck. The Blueberry Sunday is made with our scrumptious blueberry cheesecake ice cream topped with a warm blueberry sauce, whipped cream and walnuts.”

The menu may change slightly from day to day depending on the flavors that sell well on any day.

Elsie’s will feature perennial favorites of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry and they plan to keep some sugar-free selections available as well.

As of Monday, following a “sold out” weekend, Elsie’s menu included sugar free chocolate, sugar free butter pecan, Rocky road, Orange pineapple, Lemon, Orange Sherbet, Birthday cake, Lil blue panda, Cotton Candy, Superman, Llamalicious, Banana pudding, Heavenly Hazelnut, Pistachio, Mint Chocolate Chip, White house cherry, Chocolate Chip Coconut Almond, Strawberry and Vanilla.

To keep up with changing flavors or the arrival of new flavors, follow Aunt Elsie’s Ice Cream Shop on Facebook.