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Walking into Hub City Scoops in downtown Spartanburg is reminiscent of stepping into an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. With positive sayings such as “Do more of what makes you awesome” written on the wall, it’s meant to be a warm and welcoming gathering place for the community.

“We just saw a need for a place like this for families and for the college students in the area to have a place to come to,” said Kathy Silverman, who owns the shop with her husband, Michael. “At the time, there wasn’t an ice cream parlor in the area.”

Now, there is.

The couple, who also own The Local Hiker, opened Hub City Scoops last summer, but they didn’t want to serve just any ice cream. They wanted to offer super-premium quality ice cream.

They took their selection seriously, even traveling to Madison, Wisconsin, to tour the facility where ice cream products for Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream are made. The Silvermans quickly decided the Wisconsin provider’s ice cream was the perfect match.

“We had contacted lots of different ice cream companies and asked them to send samples,” Silverman said. “First and foremost, we thought if we were opening an ice cream shop, we should have some spectacular ice cream. We nailed that down first.”

Silverman said the ice cream shop offers familiar flavors such as chocolate and vanilla as well as unique flavors such as peanut butter cookie dough.

“We make our own waffle cones here,” she said. “We do shakes, malts, cones, and I don’t know if you know what a flight of alcohol is, but we do flights of ice cream. It’s four different flavors of ice cream on one tray. Those are very popular.”

Hub City Scoops gets playful with its ice cream menu, offering such selections as “loaded nachos,” which are waffle chips with two scoops of ice cream and toppings.

Silverman said Hub City Scoops doesn’t limit the samples you can try, and it’s also the only place in this part of the Southeast where families can buy Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream products.

“I recommend people come in and try lots of unique flavors,” she said. “People will come in and taste it, and we hear numerous times a day, ‘Wow! This is some awesome ice cream.’”

Families with members who are sensitive to gluten or dairy products shouldn’t be deterred from stopping by. Silverman said products are available for food sensitive individuals, and the staff is trained to handle those special selections with care.

“We keep a handbook right beneath the counter so that if someone comes in with a concern or nut allergy or whatever, we try to accommodate them,” she said. “We have dairy-free options and no-sugar options available.”

Hub City Scoops also offers catering for special events and hosts birthday parties.

“We’ve also had a lot of baby showers here, which surprised me,” Silverman said.

Cost for catering and parties varies because it’s all offered a la cart.

The parlor has become popular since it opened, and lines often extend down the street on weekends. Silverman recommends families stop by on weekdays to avoid a wait.

“Pick an afternoon and come try it,” she said. “We have treats for the whole family.”

You can go

Hub City Scoops is located at 147 E. Main St., Spartanburg. It is open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mondays – Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fridays, and noon – 7 p.m. Sundays. Call 864-586-1100 or visit www.hubcityscoops.com.

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