A cool summer treat for visitors to downtown Tryon

Published 8:00 am Saturday, August 4, 2018

Tryon Creamery opens to people waiting in line

TRYON — “There were people waiting in the chairs out front when I came to work at 10 a.m.,” said Tryon Creamery co-owner Brooke Davis. “By 10:30 a.m., there was a line at the door. It was raining, so I went ahead and let them in so they wouldn’t have to stand in the rain.”

The new Tryon ice cream shop wasn’t supposed to open until noon on Wednesday, but people could not seem to wait for that first taste of cool summer sweetness. Many of those early birds were hoping to be the first 10 people in line to win free ice cream for a year. Brooke said they gave away a free scoop a week for a year to the first 10 people through the door.

Scott and Brooke Davis. (Photo by Catherine Hunter/Tryon Daily Bulletin)

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Brooke and her husband, Scott, took over the location on 90 N. Trade St., where Hidden Spirits used to be. The couple also owns Southern by Design, located right nearby, and Davis Landscape and Davis Pest Services in Landrum.

“A few months ago, [Brooke] said the town needs an ice cream store,” Scott said. “So, when this location opened, we decided it was an opportunity.”

Brooke’s aunt, Barbara Brady, painted a picture of Morris the horse on the wall of the business. (Photo submitted by Tryon Creamery)

The two kept the elegant wooden counter that’s been in the store for at least 60 years. They added the ice cream coolers, the milkshake machine, a soda machine and other items to create delicious drinks and ice cream treats.

In addition to waffle, cake and sugar cones, the shop sells 28 flavors of ice cream, rainbow sherbet and gluten free options. Staff can also create colorful banana splits and sundaes, and old-fashioned coke and root beer floats.

“We were happy to get Blue Bell ice cream,” Scott said. “It’s my favorite. I’ve always eaten Blue Bell.”

Outside the large picture window are bright colored porch rocking chairs, perfect for reclining on a hot summer day with a cold, tasty cone or smooth shake. Inside, children can color on the chalkboard tables as their parents savor a sweet treat.

The tables and chairs are reminiscent of an old time ice cream parlor from the ‘20s, complete with bright red seat cushions.

Brooke and Scott are hoping to work with other Tryon businesses to offer their customers a discount on ice cream. With a Tryon Theatre movie ticket stub from the day it is presented, Tryon Creamery will give 50 cents off a purchase, Scott said. The owners also plan to stay open late enough so people can come by for an ice cream after the Friday and Saturday night movies.

Tryon Creamery will be open from noon until 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, people may visit the Tryon Creamery’s Facebook page or call 828-440-1464.