What brings smiles more quickly than an ice cream shop? Throw in hand-dipped chocolates, a wall of candy, some old-fashioned and novelty sweets and add some specialty roasted coffees and cinnamon buns. Add some booths inside to enjoy this ‘sweet’ shop, patio tables outside and put it on the historic square. It’s enough to take anyone, young or old, away from the cares of the world.
The Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce sponsored the official ribbon cutting for Scoops on Thursday, May 30. The community officially welcomed it as Forsyth’s newest business.
Few businesses open to such anticipation by everyone as has the Scoops Ice Cream in Forsyth. Owners Brian and Christie Lambert say that even though they have only been open two weeks, it seems more like two months because of how busy they have been. Of course, the record-breaking high temperatures pushing three digits have made it perfect weather for ice cream. And many have watched the shop’s progress on the square intently, waiting for opening day.
Scoops is open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. and on Sundays from noon-9 p.m. You don’t even have to wait for snack time—Scoops is open for breakfast with pastries and gourmet coffees imported from Italy. It’s a great stop after that morning walk or before starting the day. The espresso machine is waiting. Christie assures that it really isn’t necessary to get up early; the coffee and cinnamon rolls are available all day long and make as good of an end to the evening as a start to the day.
Scoops employs about 27 people, all working to give customers a good experience. Brian said that even with the packed crowd on opening days they have been able to keep the wait time to 15 minutes or less. They are working to staff appropriately as they learn when their busiest times are.
Rachel Holmes is general manager, and Carolina Bennett and Katie Beth George are assistant managers. Audrey Barr and Taylor Beasley are other supervisors. They trained at other Scoops stores, including working with Scoops founder Susan Kirk, and returned to train other Forsyth employees. Taylor trained with the head chocolatier of Scoops.
“She picked it up really well,” said Christie. “We can custom make anything—truffles, hand-dipped strawberries. Ask if you don’t see what you want.”
Scoops features a “frost top,” a really cold piece of quartz that makes it possible to put your choices of toppings together to make any ice cream culinary delight you can imagine. So far it seems the favorite ice cream flavors in Forsyth are butter pecan, banana pudding and brownie batter. Christie said the kids love Superman, which is a crazy blue color. For vanilla devotees, there is Madagascar Vanilla, named for the home of the popular vanilla bean.
Scoops has a party room available that will accommodate about 40, perfect for birthday parties, baby showers, little league sports teams and Bible study groups. Scoops provides customized party packages and includes the room for the party at no additional charge. Ask about availability as soon as possible.
First Responders (including fire, police and emergency service personnel) and members of the military should ask about specials for them at Scoops. “Brian is a veteran, and first responders and military are near and dear to our heart,” said Christie.
Scoops used local companies for its construction and uses local vendors and hires employees locally whenever possible. Brian and Christie have lived in Monroe County for the last five years.
“We want to say ‘thank you’ to the city, including Tammie Pierson, Janice Hall, Eric Wilson, the Chamber of Commerce and the DDA,” said Brian. “The city as a whole made it easy for Scoops to come to fruition. We are so appreciative of the support. We didn’t know what to expect.”