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Mezmerise Carson, 4, of Auburn, takes a bite of vanilla ice cream with sprinkles at Scoops Ice Cream Shop on Grant Avenue on Monday.

At Scoops Ice Cream Shop, life isn’t a bowl of cherries, but rather “a bowl of Perry’s,” according to the advertisements lining the tables in the tax agency turned ice cream shop.

The ice cream shop opened in June and will run until September, said Anna Rogers, manager of Scoops and office manager of Jackson Hewitt.

Scoops is owned by John Gottis, owner of Kosta’s Bar and Grille, Walter Lowe, a CPA on Court Street and co-owner of the local Jackson Hewitt, and Paul Diffin, a Syracuse police officer and co-owner of Jackson Hewitt. The three teamed to open Scoops in hopes of more efficiently utilizing the Jackson Hewitt office space, which is mainly utilized from January through April, said Rogers, who’s been with Jackson Hewitt for nearly five years.

Both Gottis and Diffin said they felt there was a need for another ice cream shop in the area, and as Diffin and Lowe had the Jackson Hewitt space available, they decided to invest in the idea. Gottis said the ice cream shop was a fitting idea because “the bar (in Kosta’s) took over the parking for the ice cream.” In order to satisfy his patrons’ sweet tooth, he decided to lend his restaurant knowledge to Diffin and Lowe in support of Scoops.

Diffin said when he grew up in Auburn, there were many more ice cream shops on Grant Avenue, but over the years they’ve disappeared.

In opening Scoops, he’s bringing back a piece of his childhood memories for everyone to share and enjoy.

Both Gottis and Diffin said they feel the business is going well.

“We’re getting a lot of repeat business, and I’m happy with how it’s going,” Diffin said.

For those still needing tax services, Hewitt has another location on Genesee Street, next to Rosa’s Bakery. It is open on Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m.

The ice cream shop is like “a little advertisement for (Jackson Hewitt) all year long,” Rogers said.

Rogers said all ice cream equipment will be moved out of the building for tax season to set up the Jackson Hewitt office, and vice versa when tax season is over.

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“It’s going well. It’s nice seeing the people coming in. The happy faces. The kids smiling,” said Rogers, a veteran in the food service business who ran Hot Frank’s with her husband in Elbridge and waitressed at Hunter’s Dinerant and various places in Syracuse and Herkimer Valley for several years.

The shop serves 20 different flavors of Perry’s hard ice cream and nine flavors of Crowley’s soft ice cream. And with those 29 flavors the shop serves creations of shakes, sundaes, smoothies and flurries, along with slushies and soda.

“I think we make a really nice banana split,” Rogers said.

The shop is run by about 10 different employees, many of which are college students on summer break. Rogers says the shop picks up business after dinner around 7 p.m. The business location brings in heavy customer traffic, because it is easily accessible on the main drag and not too near any other competitors that serve ice cream, Rogers said.

Georgena Gunn and Jan Goodrich, both first-time customers and Auburn residents, agreed that they enjoyed their visit to Scoops.

“We really like the shop. We really like Perry’s,” Gunn said. Goodrich added, “We like places we can sit and chat. ... This is perfect for us. We will be back again.”

 

If you go

What: Scoops Ice Cream Shop

When: Noon to 10:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; noon to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Where: 259 Grant Ave., Auburn

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