By Ron VandenBoom
Nestled on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Second Street, just south of Albertsons, is a little piece of heaven a heaven dipped in chocolate topping or candy colored sprinkles a heaven where all taste buds discriminate and the smile of a child, smeared ear to ear with cool white cream, serves as valid testimony to all that is good in the world.
But why not? Ice cream rules and this is Havres latest addition to the art of taste bud titillation Super Ice Cream.
Tall, cool delicacies heaped high with chocolate, vanilla and swirl favors, dripping with any number of tantalizing toppings are sure to appease the hedonistic desires of kids and adults alike on hot summer days.
Its the best, said Denise Moore, who, along with Janice Nesslar, manage what they both would prefer to call the Super Ice Cream Shop.
The Shop is actually an add-on. The real name Super Ice Cream was taken from the name of an ice cream parlor that back in the 1960s occupied a space that today is a car wash on Fourth Avenue between First and Second Street.
Super Ice Cream has brought back many old memories by offering the public the house specialty a 10-ounce chocolate or cherry ice-cream bar for only 45 cents.
Its the biggest ice-cream bar in town.
Thats why they call them super, Moore said. You get more for your money and the best employees in town.
But why an ice cream shop and why at this location? Simple, the town needed a year-round ice cream shop, and we like the location, Nesslar said. This part of town needed something.
The managers agree that having the shop close to the grocery store will give the parlor lots of exposure and being located near Highway 2 will also give them a chance to attract tourist traffic coming through town.
But a philosophy of quality product at a quality price with quality service is all Nesslar and Moore feel they need to make Super Ice Cream a rousing success.
We have vanilla, chocolate, and swirl, but what is special is all of the toppings, Moore said, as she rattled off a list of toppings ranging from the traditional pineapple, strawberry, and cherry, to the newer candy flavors of Butterfinger, Snickers, and peanut butter cup.
Super Ice Cream also has cones, milk shakes, and regular old-fashioned ice cream sundaes.
Augmenting the varied assortment of ice cream delicacies will be food items like hot dogs, chili dogs, and nachos. There will also be a soup of the day on the menu.
Plans are to expand the menu, but for the moment, slow and cautious is the rule.
Deck parties on the gleaming white patio area on the west of the building are also a part of future plans that Nesslar said she expects to see before the end of summer.
Super Ice Cream will start off with a bang Thursday, July 29, with a Havre Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting at 9 a.m. and the beginning of the grand opening.
Specials will be offered each day of the opening that will run from Thursday through Saturday.
There is plenty of free parking at Super Ice Cream and there is also a drive-up window for those who want to eat and run.
The morning crew will also be on hand for those who want to stop by before work to have coffee and rolls on the patio for a special price.
Super Ice Creams hours will be from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.