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Jan Moore - Scoops Ice Cream/Candy Store coming to Statesboro
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The inside of what the Scoops store will look like when it opens in Statesboro. - photo by Special

            I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite movie scenes is when the children that found the “golden” tickets are released into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. From edible flowers to the chocolate river, young or old, you just wanted to go there

            I felt that same exact way recently when Marcia Parker showed me the pictures of the new ice cream and candy store called Scoops that she is opening in Woodland Square, the retail center developed by her husband, Frank Parker.

            “Frank and I wandered into the Scoops in Milledgeville one afternoon, about a year ago, and I knew right then that we had to open one of these in Statesboro,” she said. “The founder, Susan Chamberlain, wasn’t franchising them yet, but we started talking and eventually reached a franchise type agreement, and we are now beginning construction.”

            The store is 1,500 square feet, and will be located on the Talbots end of Woodland Square. In this case, the old adage, a picture is worth a thousand words is true, but I will try to do my best to describe some of what this colorful store is going to have.

            Let’s talk candy. There will be one whole wall devoted to PEZ candy and PEZ dispensers, aptly named the PEZ Wall. There will also be the “retro” candy area offering all of the candy that you and I used to buy. From a whole section devoted to gumballs and gumball machines to displays of different types of candy in bins, every corner of the place is going to be filled with candy.

The same detail afforded to the display and sale of candy, has been given to the ice cream section as well. The “cone zone” will offer different types of ice cream cones including waffle cones dipped in various chocolate mixtures to cones made out of everything from Oreos to pretzels. 

Like most places now that cater to children, Scoops will have a birthday party room. Located one door down from the main Scoops, this party room is like none other according to Parker.

“There is this large, octagonal table that is in the middle of the party room,” she said. “It is really hard to describe, but it has all of this stuff in it for the kids to do. In addition each child can make their own giant Pixy Stix, and concoct their own sundae at the sundae buffet.”

“And the parents have to stay outside and watch the kids have fun through the glass.”

I can’t imagine the joy of filling up my very own giant Pixy Stix without my parents telling me how to do it, or how not to mix all of the flavors together thus ruining it.

Kids get ready. Parents get out your wallets. Parker said Scoops should be open by Sept. 1.

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