In case you were too busy relaxing during the holiday, here's some from my column that appeared Saturday/Sunday about ice cream being on its way to northeast Rochester.
The topping? It is from the dairy state of Wisconsin.
A Rochester shop known for its fresh cheese from the Badger State is adding a big scoop of ice cream to the mix.
Country Creamery, a retail satellite of the Ellsworth Coop Creamery in Ellsworth, Wis., hopes to be spooning up Flat Pennies brand ice cream from Bay City, Wis. yet this week, says Beth Ingli of the Ellsworth Coop.
Country Creamery opened at 3120 Wellner Drive N.E. in December and started bringing in fresh shipments of cheese and butter from Ellsworth, known as the Cheese Curd Capital of the World.
"The cheese business is going really well, but we'd like to get a few more people in here," says Ingli. "We feel the Flat Pennies ice cream, plus having the movie theater (Paragon Chateau 14) so close, will bring in families in here."
This is the first franchise location for the railroad-themed Flat Pennies ice cream shop.
Expect premium soft-serve ice cream, shakes, sundaes, banana splits and smoothies, among other creamy creations, when Country Cream does a "soft serve" opening Wednesday.
And ice cream is not all that the addition of the new Flat Pennies brand is bringing to Rochester.
The menu will also include brats, hot beef sandwiches and jumbo hot dogs from a luncheon menu.
"It is a nice fit, bringing it all together," she says.
To handle this new churn of Wisconsin edibles, Country Creamery is adding between six to 10 people to its current staff of four.
"We had 64 people apply for jobs and we got a lot of very qualified candidates," says Ingli.
While Flat Pennies ice cream and food will fill out Country Creamery's menu, Rochester's herd of curds fans will still be able to get their fixes of fresh cheesy nuggets.
The creamery outlet store sells more than 80 types of cheese, including curds, along with milk and butter.
George Rownd of Braasch Commercial Real Estate handled the deal that brought the creamery into the former Zadeo's Pizza space near Whistle Binkie's North.