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Sweet Caroline’s Cream and Coffee opened this past week on the first floor of the Gryphon Building, 1027 S. Main St.

I visited the new shop the day after it opened. That’s always a fun thing to do because the owners of a new shop often think they have everything lined out for their opening only to discover that they overlooked something. It’s kind of entertaining to see people scramble to make sure things are going as planned. I imagine that by now they have all the kinks worked out.

From what I could tell, the opening was going well. You can’t go wrong when a little boy and his mother drop in for some ice cream, and the little boy’s eyes open wide because he has so many flavors of ice cream from which to choose. It was all smiles, and not just the customers. The help at Sweet Caroline’s make it a point to greet you with a smile. What a novel idea.

Dr. Michael Joseph, owner of the building, and Ginger Sweet, who manages the building, opened Sweet Caroline’s. The shop has been decorated to resemble a traditional ice cream parlor, but the look and color scheme are modern. Let me put it to you this way — it’s not red and white.

The shop will feature 32 flavors of hard-packed ice cream — no soft serve. The shop soon will be getting red, white and blue ice cream for the Fourth of July celebration that is just around the corner. You can get shakes and malts, floats, sundaes and banana splits.

I think you can also get specialty ice creams that are low in fat and low in sugar. It also features pastries, cinnamon rolls, muffins, and regular and espresso coffee. I almost forgot that it has a selection of candy.

In a Facebook post, Sweet thanked the local companies that helped make the shop  happen. In a way, it’s an inside look at who you need to call when you want to do something like this.

She used Little Bird Marketing to create a logo and brand, Sign Designs for signage, Alpine Wood Products for the cabinetry, and Next Generation Plumbing and Four State Electric for the mechanical work. Last but not least, she got her supplies from Hoag’s Restaurant Equipment.

Hours are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and from 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

CHECK IT OUT    

Something different will be on the menu for this week’s Third Thursday.

MEs Place Soul Food Cafe, located at 1203 Langston Hughes-Broadway, will be serving food in the Community Center at 110 S. Main St. This will be its first participation in Third Thursday.

On the menu will be meatloaf, two sides, cornbread and dessert. This food will not be like anything else that will be offered Thursday night.

I understand that Norma Jackson, who manages the staff at MEs Place, will be at the center as “the entertainment factor.” Something tells me this could be a lot of fun in addition to being quite tasty.

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

This Facebook post about the closing of Mohaska Farmhouse, 1821 S. Main St., says it all:

“Why are you going out of business? The food is so good and you’re always busy, don’t understand.”

The answer from Jamey Smith, owner of the wood-fired pizza restaurant, was this: “The restaurant is very time consuming. I miss my family and will continue baking at our previous location and sell at Webb City Farmer’s Market and Millsap Produce — pizza and breads. If you know of some one who would like to purchase the name and or building, give me a call at 850-9663.”

Saturday was the last night for Mohaska Farmhouse.

IF YOU HAVE NEWS about something that’s happening on Range Line Road or Main Street, call 417-623-3480, ext. 7250; or send an email to wkennedy@joplinglobe.com; or send a fax to Wally Kennedy at 417-623-8598.

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