Two Scoops of Fun
There is a new way to cool off in Boone, and help a good cause while satisfying your sweet tooth.
Scoops Cafe is now open in New Market Centre. The cafe serves gelato, sorbet, pastries and chocolates, in addition to savory crepes as a meal.
Owners Eddie and Maritza Greene will donate 10 percent of the business proceeds from every day operation to mission work and other charities.
Eddie Greene is a local contractor and has been in business for more than 25 years with Eddie Greene Construction. Maritza Greene is a physical therapist at the Wellness Center Rehabilitation Center, a position she has held for 12 years.
"We are grounded in the area and have had a dream of being merchant owners in Boone for years," Maritza Greene said. "We looked up and down for places and explored ideas we had."
"And we had several ideas," Eddie Greene said. "For about three years, we have thought 'We could be ice cream shop owners.'"
As the construction industry started slowing down, the couple was able to focus on making this dream a reality for them. They looked into franchise operations, but the more they shopped around, the more they wanted to do their own store with control over the menu and atmosphere.
The cafe is more than a business to the Greenes. As the construction business slowed, they dedicated more time to mission work. After a trip to Nicaragua, where they built two houses, Maritza said a hunger to help developed.
"We could do fundraising and drive people crazy, or we could open a business and dedicate funds to the cause," she said. "When we use the word 'mission,' we mean helping God's kids one scoop at a time."
A part of the decor will be photos of the people in Nicaragua in need of help or sponsorship. The proceeds will go toward both shelter and school tuition for children.
"I hope the community will visit the shop and see the people in need and develop a heart to help," Maritza Greene said. "When you see these photos, they are actual people who are in need of a specific thing."
"We also hope to let this aspect grow as folks let us know what they need," said manager Rachel Sanders, the Greenes' daughter.
The cafe will be available for fundraising events for local nonprofits.
While the signature item is gelato, a European ice cream that is 10 percent milk fat for a creamier texture than regular ice cream, Scoops Cafe will have an on site chef and chocolatier.
There will be weekly specials and some staples for the savory crepes. A crepe is a thin, pancake-like crust, which Sanders said would come with a variety of fillings. The savory crepes are not a desert, but a meal item. A few examples include roasted vegetables or tomato, mozzarella pesto crepe. Breakfast crepes, like ham, egg and cheese, will also be offered.
Eddie Greene compared the savory crepes to a "rolled up sandwich," smoother than a flour tortilla.
Gourmet coffees, smoothies, sorbets both lactose- and sugar-free, fresh fruit toppings bar and milkshakes round out the menu.
The atmosphere was an important design factor for the Greenes with the Cafe featuring WiFi Internet, couches and a space for live music. There will also be a kid's play area.
Scoops Cafe is a family friendly environment with special activities planned for children.
The menu price range is $2-7.
Scoops Cafe is located at 125 New Market Centre and is open Tuesday and Wednesday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 to 6 p.m.
For more information, follow Scoops Cafe on Facebook or call (828) 355-9900.
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