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For Stuart & Christine Carver going out to ice cream is more than just a weekly treat - it’s valuable family time. With the kids turning 14, 13, & 12 this year they know that it will only get harder to gather everyone together & talk about what’s happening in their lives.
Even before Talus, Rally, & Rome were born Stuart & Christine used finding unique sweets as a way to explore areas. From previously unheard of tapioca teas from Teaism in Washington DC in the ‘90’s to sampling Thai iced tea from food carts in Oregon they found that as their family grew they continued to use treats as an excuse for weekly outings together.
When a family they’d known for five years through the Ogden Valley Ski Team ski team mentioned that they were thinking about selling their ice cream shop, which happened to be right across the street from Snowcrest Jr HS where both families have their kids enrolled in the ski academy it seemed like an ideal fit. Kicking the idea around they began to notice just how many ice cream shops - & shave ice, gelato, & an assortment of sweet shops - they’d visited. In fact, walking to ice cream with extended family every summer on their vacations is a daily ritual!
Knowing that their kids would be at Snowcrest for five more years and with both parents used to being heavily involved as parent volunteers training young people at a light-hearted first job seemed perfect.
Stuart grew up in Ogden and his father lived in Eden when Stuart was in junior high and high school and his grandfather’s farmhouse still stands near Eden Park. Having retired as a law enforcement officer in 2016, Stuart’s kept busy enjoying mountain biking, snowboarding, skiing, volunteering with the ski team & being the stay-at-home parent. Christine is a top producing real estate broker and has been with Coldwell Banker since before their youngest child was born. Originally from Washington DC she lived in Eugene, Oregon before moving to Salt Lake City after college.
Talus is on the Ogden HS mountain bike team and enjoys flipping off & on trampolines. Rally enjoys soccer when she’s not competing in science fairs and storytelling competitions. Rome started his own toy business selling spinners in 2017, built his own foundry in 2018, & enjoys soccer.
With two family members being lactose intolerant it has been important to the family to bring in non-dairy options like sorbets and Dole Whip. Soft serve is a favorite with the family - & that might be as much for the toppings as it is for the variety of ice creams, frozen yogurts, & non-dairy fruit whips.
Wanting to share their support of recycling & reducing one-time use plastics, the ice cream shop now uses biodegradable straws & wooden spoons as well as offering stainless steel options for purchase. They offer reusable bags for sale instead of plastic bags for carry out, including insulated pint & quart carriers that were custom made to fit growlers.
Improvements to the shop include a book nook featuring local authors, LDS authors, cringe-free romances, sci-fi & magical tales with female heroines, & post-apocalyptic what if novels. A reach in beverage cooler, locally made kombucha, organic lemonade on tap, & “chewy” pebble ice have all been added as well as the soft serve machines.
Pre-packed pints & quarts help ensure that there’s always a few more flavors on hand than the scooping cases can hold and waffle cups, cones, & rounds are available for take out, as are favorite toppings. The shop also sells candy, jewelry, ridiculous & silly items, & a few items to help you enjoy the outdoor music at the gazebo or a day on the lake or trails.