2002-09-14 / Columnists

Dot on Roxbury

By Dotty Taphouse

By Dotty Taphouse

As may of you know, my husband Howie and I owned the Roxbury Sweet Shoppe for 40 years. It is nice to see my granddaughter, Jeannie Livingston and her husband Craig Livingston are following in our footsteps by opening an ice cream parlor, S.S. Scoops, in Brandenton, Beach, Florida.

The following is quoted from the Brandenton Beach local paper, the Island Biz...

S.S. Scoops located at 103 B Gulf Drive N. In Bradenton Beach is not your usual ice cream shop. In fact, say new owners Craig and Jeannie Livingston, the store is most unusual because it's got a little something for everyone, including a kids' lounge with a television.

In addition to 32 flavors of ice cream, the Livingston's have added Vienna Beef hot dogs, soft pretzels with cheese, fruit smoothies, kids candy and toys and a great selection of art creations and gift items. They've even got homemade waffle cones and Craig makes ice cream cakes as a special order with 24-hour notice. And there's a special kid-sized ice cream cone at a kid-friendly price.

Although new to the Island, the Livingston's have already fallen in love with the lifestyle and are looking forward to their first winter season on Anna Maria Island. "We're spending the next few months getting ready," said Craig. "Everybody's telling us to be prepared, but we're having fun right now meeting the local people and getting to know the community."

Craig was a chef in New York City for 10 years before following Jeanine's parents to Florida. They live in Venice, so the Livingston's children Sarah, 3, and Stephen, 15 months can visit them often. Fact is the "S.S." in the name stands for Sarah and Stephen.

"I think the kids like it that we're in an ice cream store," said Jeanine. "Sarah is already asking how to make things."

Indeed, S.S. Scoops makes sundaes; shakes and banana splits, all using ice cream from Big Olaf's Creamery in Sarasota, voted the best ice cream in that city last year. And the store has a generous supply of Kahlua Crunch ice cream, the top seller among locals and visitors. The store is open from noon to 10:30 p.m. daily and Craig and Jeanine would like to invite all their new neighbors to stop in and visit.

Tables are available inside and outside for eating and conversation about what a family oriented place S.S. Scoops is.

"We're all about good ice cream and having fun," said Jeanine.

Happy belated birthday to Theresa Taphouse, September 1.

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