LAURINBURG — You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream.
When patrons enter Scoop-N-Dip ice cream shop they are transported back into the 1950s. The shop features the classic black and white checker board floors and a wall lined with pinball machines along with colorful polka dot walls.
But the star of the show is 30 flavors of Hershey ice cream that range for traditional chocolate and strawberry to special flavors such as trash can and blue bubblegum.
Those who come into the shop can mix and match flavors and add toppings such as whipped cream, Oreo’s, sprinkles, and more.
“We’re best known for our banana splits, strawberry shortcake sundae, and candy apples,” said owner Shalonda Taylor. “We get a lot of regulars who come in for them.”
Besides ice cream owner Shalonda Taylor is working on bringing other items to the menu including smoothies, snow cones, cotton candy, and popcorn.
“We’re going piece by piece right now but a lot of people have been asking about it,” Taylor said about the menu expansion.
Taylor, originally from New Jersey, moved to Laurinburg in 2008 and got the idea to open the shop after Suds and Cream shut down.
“I was traveling out of town to get ice cream so I thought why not open one here,” Taylor said.
With the help of Richmond Community College Taylor opened Scoop-N-Dip in March of 2015 at its former location at the intersection of S. Main Street and Johns Road. The following December, Taylor received recognition through the North Carolina Community College System Small Business Center Network’s annual conference.
Scoop-N-Dip relocated to a larger space downtown earlier this year and held its ribbon cutting in June.
“I’m very happy to be downtown,” Taylor said. “We’ve been getting more customers since moving.”
While she has a passion for ice cream, Taylor’s favorite part about the shop is getting to know the customers.
“I love people, meeting them, getting to know them, everything about being around people,” Taylor said.
When Scoop-N-Dip it offered 24 ice cream flavors and Taylor would order flavors that appealed to her. Over the years she has adjusted her mindset and now she orders based on customer suggestions and requests. Taylor also throws in fun flavors to see what type of reaction and response they receive. Taylor tries to change some of the flavors weekly so each Friday customers can spy several new flavors choices.
“I like getting new flavors so people can try them,” Taylor said. “The weirdest one was playdough flavor. It was bright yellow and the kids seemed to love it. Our most popular flavors are butter pecan and grape.”
As for Taylor’s personal favorite, she enjoys the blueberry cheesecake yogurt with orange sherbert — which she knows sounds a little stranger, but she enjoys it.
There is also another business located in Scoop-N-Dip, Quick Events which is located in the back corner of the business with a wall splattered with balloons and party ideas. The business is specifically to help people decorate for birthday parties and other special events.
Scoop-N-Dip is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is located at 156 S Main St.