BEAN STATION – Aunt B’s Ice Cream, which recently opened in Bean Station, is offering ice cream and smiles to customers.
Owner Becky Bunch said when her four children were young, all they wanted to do was eat ice cream. She said the dessert has always been part of her family’s life, from birthday parties to spending time with friends, the family has enjoyed some form of ice cream.
“It’s always made us smile. So, we thought fixing ice cream would make everybody here smile,” said Bunch.
She said she had researched the ice cream business for six months. She visited surrounding counties and found there were no local hand-dipped ice cream shops. She said hand-dipped was one of her family’s favorites and thought it would be something everyone would like to have.
The shop is decorated in antique soda shop décor and music from the 50s plays from a speaker to allow customers to step back into a simpler time, said Bunch.
Aunt B’s Ice Cream sells Blue Bell ice cream. She said she chose the brand because of its quality. She also chose the ice cream because of her family’s camping trips. She said it was the one brand the campgrounds always carried.
“It’s supposed to be a higher quality because of the butter content,” said Bunch.
Hand-dipped ice cream, milkshakes, floats, sundaes, spinners and banana splits are available for purchase at Aunt B’s Ice Cream. Bunch said she is willing to accommodate with requests for products in the store. She said she hopes to add soft serve and snow cones in the future.
Aunt B’s Ice Cream offers a variety of ice cream flavors from vanilla and krazy kookie dough to peachy peach and mint chocolate chip. She said flavors are subject to change from time to time, but the ice cream shop will have community favorites, such as chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, at all times.
Bunch said she was born and raised in Grainger County. She said she loves the people and believes “there is no place like home.”
“I just hope that this will give people a place to come with their families that they can have ice cream and maybe be a little happier and smile more throughout the days we live in because life’s short, and we just need to eat more ice cream,” said Bunch.
She said most items in the ice cream shop were less than $5. Banana splits with all the works currently price the highest at $5.49.
Aunt B’s Ice Cream is open Tuesday through Thursday from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. at 1026 Main St., Bean Station.