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Summer brings ice cream to Bayview corner

The delicious varieties of Whidbey Island Ice Cream Company’s frozen treats are soon available at Bayview Corner. The company will offer hand-dipped ice cream bars at a seasonal retail outlet. - Michaela Marx Wheatley
The delicious varieties of Whidbey Island Ice Cream Company’s frozen treats are soon available at Bayview Corner. The company will offer hand-dipped ice cream bars at a seasonal retail outlet.
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Warm summer days and cold ice cream. What else needs to be said?

The Whidbey Island Ice Cream Company will open its own retail location at the Bayview Cash Store June 15.

Unfortunately for ice cream fanatics, it’s only a temporary deal.

For three months over the summer Mike Rudd and Mary Stoll, owners of the Whidbey Island Ice Cream Company, will offer hand-dipped ice cream bars.

The couple will sell many of their famous flavors — such as their popular Mukilteo Mocha Mousse, peanut butter or banana — along with classics such as vanilla and chocolate in a handy, to-go ice cream bar version, Rudd said.

The frozen delicacies will be dipped as customers order them and can be rolled in nuts or other condiments to customize the treat, he said.

The retired husband-and-wife team started Whidbey Island Ice Cream Company less than a year ago, but many customers swear they make the best ice cream available on the island and beyond.

The secret may be that every batch of ice cream is handmade with predominantly local ingredients. It’s the taste of Whidbey, so to speak.

And with expert help in the chocolate department, something good just got better. Rudd and Stoll have perfected their chocolate covered ice cream bars with the help of another South End couple responsible for expanding waistlines on Whidbey Island. Mona and Toni Newbauer of Island Angel Chocolates in Langley have assisted in creating the perfect chocolate shell for the frozen treats, Rudd said.

The ideas for the seasonal ice cream store are still shaping, Rudd said.

“We’re winging this one,” Rudd laughed.

“We haven’t done anything like this before,” Stoll added.

But selling the ice cream in a well-trafficked, visible location such as the Bayview Cash Store

has its advantages.

“It’s a good venue to introduce people to our products,” Rudd said.

If things go well, a repeat next year is possible, he said.

Even though customers can buy the ice cream soon in the new store, the latest ice-cream creations and old favorites continue to be available at the Clinton Market, Star Store in Langley and Bayview, Bayview Red Apple Market, Payless Food in Freeland and other local outlets.

Goosefoot Community Fund, which is the landlord of the retail space on in the Bayview Cash Store, is trying out a concept of short-term leases at the space that housed the recycled products store Eventually until late April, said Leigh Anderson, Goosefoot executive director.

Potential tenants have to sign a minimum lease of two months.

“It’s for people who want to try out retail, but don’t want to make a four- or five-year lease commitment,” she said.

The concept is designed for people who want to test business with a retail space, for people with seasonal products or artist co-ops.

“There are lots of possibilities,” she said.

The space is currently not available for long-term leases.

“It gives us a chance to do some economic development,” Anderson said.

Debbie Torget, director of Goosefoot property management, said the changing tenants will add to the diverse merchant mix at the Bayview Cash Store.

“Keeping it fresh, sort of eclectic,” Torget said.

The store space is capable of supporting retail and even small food service businesses. Mobile counter space and in-store water connections are available, Anderson said.

The ice cream shop will stay at Bayview Corner through

Sept. 15. Goosefoot is accepting applications for the lease after that.

But people need to plan ahead. There are already two interested parties for the lease period after the ice cream shop.

People interested in the space can apply at Goosefoot. Call 321-4145 for more information.

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