Cool Cow, the unofficial mascot of downtown's newest ice cream shop Cool Scoops, holds a cup of Italian Ice in its hoof.
ALBANY Eric Culbreath calls his new downtown ice cream shop Cool Scoops "a great opportunity." Most everybody else calls it a tasty respite to the scorching South Georgia Summers.
Cool Scoops has been open at its Pine Avenue location for about two weeks and Culbreath says business is booming.
"It's been great. People have been very supportive and they've been coming out and we've done pretty well so far," Culbreath said. "They've been leaving like dollar tips and I've had repeat customers and things like that so it's been really good."
The shop offers the traditional favorites of any ice cream business. There's chocolate and strawberry and vanilla but it's the butter pecan that beckons most customers to partake in its rich, cold, sugary goodness, Culbreath says.
"Butter Pecan seems to be the top seller," Culbreath said. "People are buying it like crazy."
In addition to traditional ice cream, Culbreath also offers a dairy-free and slightly more healthy alternative for folks: Italian Ice.
"This stuff is awesome. It's made from real fruit and doesn't have any dairy or artificial stuff," he said.
Culbreath is hoping that his store will fill a void downtown left when Two Scoops, a store that sold mostly Gelato, closed down several years ago.
"I started out with a concession cart and was coming downtown a bit and I saw the location and thought that this could be a great opportunity," Culbreath said. "And it has. I'm right here in front of the RiverQuarium, so I get some foot traffic from there, and the parks are right there, so when folks get hot out there they can come cool down in here."
Culbreath also said his neighbors at the Levee, a music and commercial production company, have thrown a lot of support his way.
In addition to his chilly treats, Culbreath also sells Nathan's "World Famous" hot dogs, for those needing something with a little more substance in their culinary needs.
Cool Scoops is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days per week.