With summer in full swing, it's time to take a peek at some of the spots where Dartmouth residents can be found indulging in their seasonal habit of ice cream cones.
Jeff McLatchy, owner of Celtic Corner and chair of the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission said that Alderney Drive needed a spot for people to grab a cone of ice cream in the downtown. He had the space and opened it up a few days before Canada Day.
“We looked around here the last few summers and there was nothing on the waterfront,” McLatchy said. “Lots of families, lots of people walking around and no opportunity to grab a cone.”
McLatchy opted for just soft serve, with waffle cones and milkshakes.
He said they’ve been getting a good reception from people at the stand along with some buzz on twitter. “It’s just another piece of the puzzle for downtown Dartmouth,” McLatchy said.
Open everyday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (may vary depending on weather, events, etc.)
Crocodile Ice Cream
Since 2005 Crocodile has been a popular spot for people to get a refreshing ice cream cone, milkshake or sundae.
Located next to Jamieson’s pub on Cumberland Drive, co-owner Robert Henneberry runs the shop with his wife.
“Moon Mist,” Henneberry said while making a milkshake for a customer. “Can’t keep it in here, it’s just like water, it just flows out of here as soon as we get it.”
The waffle cones are made in-house and can be dipped with chocolate and sprinkles if that suits your fancy.
“That’s a big draw here,” Henneberry said. “The smell in the neighbourhood draws people in, and most times we run out by the evening, we just can’t make enough.”
Hours: Open everyday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Flying Cloud Drive in Cole Harbour is home to Holy Cones, connected to the Saint Vincent De Paul Roman Catholic Church, and to many, it’s a regular stopping spot.
“It’s actually become a little tradition for us,” said one customer. “Because we commute here when we go to Cole Harbour Place for day camp, so as soon as we drive by, it’s instantly ‘ice cream! ice cream!’”
Janice Ling, who just started working at the ice cream, stand said it's consistently busy.
“We had 30 flavours this morning, and it’s mid-afternoon and we’re already down to 25.”
“The kids definitely really like Moon Mist and Birthday Party,” Ling said. “Death By Chocolate is really popular as well as Peanut Butter Parfait, which we’ve been consistently sold out of since we opened.”
Most of the funds raised at Holy Cones sponsors the church youth groups and retreats.
Hours: Open every day from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.