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Coldstone Creamery opened five years ago at 1611 Sherman Ave. downtown. Its legacy as a premium ice cream shop lives on today in hearts and souls of ice cream fanatics like myself.

Ice cream topped with mix-ins on the marble slab at Coldstone.

“Coldstone is very different. I wanted to be on the ground floor of this unique concept. You could visit every day and order something new each time. If you want the best quality ice cream you come here. It’s an indulgence,” says owner Tushar Vaidya.

He wants customers to leave Coldstone with a sense of urgency to come back again. “They should’ve had the ultimate ice cream experience. We differentiate ourselves from other stores with excellent customer service. We do a lot of catering for offices and parties,” he added.

The hottest Coldstone commodities this summer are the “Cake Batter” which consists of brownies, fudge and rainbow sprinkles. “This is the first summer we’ve had ice cream cupcakes and ice cream cookie sandwiches” said Vaidya.

My personal favorite Signature Coldstone Creation is “Cookie Dough You Want Some” which consists of French Vanilla Ice Cream, chocolate chips, cookie dough, fudge and caramel.

If you haven’t tried Coldstone, then you might be wondering what’s so special.

Let me break it down for you.

  1. The sizes express customers affection for the product: Like It (5 oz), Love It (8 oz) and Gotta Have It (12 oz)
  2. You choose from around nine flavors of ice cream: Sinless Sans Fat, Sweet Cream, French Vanilla, Cheesecake, Strawberry, Mint, Coffee, Chocolate and Cake Batter
  3. You choose from an assortment of nuts, fruits, candy, chocolate and other goodies like cakes and cookies to be mixed into your Coldstone Creation.
  4. You watch as an employee mixes your selection of treats into the smooth and creamy ice cream on a granite stone behind the counter. (Stand within gawking distance.)
  5. Step up to the cash register and purchase your dessert of choice.
  6. Remember that ice cream = happiness. Or maybe that’s just my philosophy.

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