By Estella Fullmer Brown
For Hometown News
From the moment you walk in, it is obvious Dippers Old Fashioned Creamery is no ordinary ice cream shop.
From the sleek pink and white booths and chrome and pink pedestals of the soda bar stools to the black and white checkered tiles and the cute aprons worn by the cheerful staff, you will think you have stepped back in time to a 1950s-style soda shop.
At 424 Luna Bella Lane, Suite 135, in the Venetian Bay Town Center in New Smyrna Beach, the ice cream parlor opened June 2 and hit the ground running with great tasting ice cream and an old-fashioned jukebox streaming music from the '50s and '60s.
Dippers is owned by Tracey and Steve Wallschlaeger, who decided to open the shop to help generate more business for the Venetian Bay Town Center. "We were riding our bikes past here one day," Mr. Wallschlaeger explained, "and Tracey said, 'This place needs an ice cream shop!' So a few months later, we opened one."
"People often ask if this is a franchise and they seemed shocked when they are told Tracey designed every aspect and detail in the shop," Mr. Wallschlaeger said. "She did a fantastic job making our ice cream parlor unique and a fun place to visit."
Mr. Wallschlaeger is a long time New Smyrna resident and Tracey grew up in New Smyrna Beach and graduated from New Smyrna High. The couple built a house in Venetian Bay about three years ago.
"We love this community and we want to see the Town Center grow," Ms. Wallschlaeger said. "We are hoping our ice cream parlor will help generate more business in this area."
Although the business is new, the Wallschlaegers have already participated in a Venetian Bay community event and hope to be involved in many more. "There has been some talk of possibly doing a car show or maybe even a golf cart show here sometime in the future," he said.
There is room in the ice cream shop for small gatherings, special events or parties. They have already hosted birthday parties.
Dippers serves Hershey's ice cream. Their soft-serve ice cream is 90 percent fat free and they offer a choice of vanilla, chocolate or swirled. You can get hand-dipped ice cream in one, two or three scoops and a choice of more than 30 flavors. They also serve Nathan's Beef Hot Dogs and homemade chili. "Our chili is mildly spicy with a sweet base," Ms. Wallschlaeger said.
"We make our waffle cones in the shop daily," she said. "We dip some of the cones in chocolate and add nuts or sprinkles for an additional cost." Dippers has some gluten free and "no sugar added" hand-dipped ice cream options, too. You can choose from a variety of floats, malts, shakes, old fashioned ice cream sodas, all served in frosty mugs or choose sundaes or a specialty dessert.
Dippers' banana split is made with a choice of a regular split from soft-serve ice cream or an old fashioned split made from hand-dipped ice cream loaded with a choice of mouth-watering toppings, including fresh fruit. You can also add fresh banana, blueberries or strawberries into your shakes. "The Big Dipper" is their signature old fashioned sundae, made with salted caramel, sliced bananas, warm caramel sauce, nuts, whipped cream and cherry.
"We offer many items you just can't find in a traditional modern ice cream shop," Ms. Wallschlaeger said. "Old-fashioned ice cream sodas are very popular for many of our patrons."
If you like your ice cream on the fizzy side, you will love one of their old fashioned floats made with scoops of ice cream and your choice of Coke, Cherry Coke, orange or root beer soda. They also offer an awesome egg cream made with Fox's UBet Syrup for an experience that will make your taste buds scream for more.
On the soft-serve side of the shop, you can mix it up with your choice of up to 20 mix-ins blended in to their thick, creamy twisted ice cream they call Twisters. Everyone loves a parfait and you will find some of the best at Dippers. They come in a variety of flavors, Turtle, Choc-O-Holic, Strawberries n' Nana's, S'mores, and Fudge n' Nuts, and are made with layers of the freshest ingredients.
If dairy products aren't your thing, Dippers can entice you with their refreshing Italian Ices. They come in several flavors, such as Mango, Cherry, Pina Colada, and Blue Raspberry and Cotton Candy.
"Going for ice cream is an event for families and I wanted our place to be 'different' from any other," said Mrs. Wallschlaeger. "I think we've accomplished that."
Dippers Old Fashioned Creamery is at 424 Luna Bella Lane. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Contact the shop at (386) 402-7866, firstname.lastname@example.org or dippersoldfashionedcreamery.com.