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Scoop’d to open in Turkey Creek

A trip to Hawaii inspired one young couple to follow their dream of opening a business.

Greg and Crystal Stinson will be opening Scoop’d, an ice cream and dessert shop, in Turkey Creek in early July.

Scoop’d will serve Tropical Dreams ice cream, a popular ice cream based in Hawaii.

“We were looking for a place to eat and the No. 1 place to eat, in Kuai, by TripAdvisor, was an ice cream and video store ... and we fell in love with the ice cream,” Greg said.

Later, the couple would look up the company online and eventually get a license to manufacture and serve the ice cream they loved, Tropical Dreams, throughout Tennessee. Only one other such license has been granted to an ice cream shop owner in Utah.

“We’re the only other one on the mainland,” Greg said.

Tropical Dreams is a different ice cream than most people are used to, Crystal said, since it has an 18 percent butter fat base, making it extra creamy with less air whipped into the frozen concoction.

“Typically, what you find other places is 12 to 14 percent,” Crystal said of the butter fat base.

“And we will whip a very, very minimal amount of air. And that makes it creamier, because you’re getting more cream and sugar,” Greg said.

“And all the good stuff,” Crystal added with a laugh.

Greg said Scoop’d has around 150 ice cream recipes to serve, and will offer around 24 ice cream flavors at a time — from standard flavors such as chocolate and vanilla to tropical flavors such as macadamia nut and Kona coffee. All ice cream will be made in-house.

In addition to ice cream, Scoop’d will serve sorbet, shaved ice, cakes, pies, coffee, soda floats, milkshakes and sundaes.

Scoop’d will have about 50 flavors of sorbet and about 30 of shaved ice, which Crystal said was not equivalent to the typical crunchy “sno-cone.”

“This is very fine. We take a block of ice that is literally being shaved by the machine. It’s an extremely fine texture, almost like snow,” Crystal said.

Scoop’d also will serve the shaved ice “the true Hawaiian way,” Crystal said, as a “snow cap” on top of an ice cream or sorbet flavor.

“I love it,” Greg said of the unusual combination.

Greg and Crystal wanted Scoop’d to be a place where people can gather, so the ice cream shop will be housed in a double tenant space in the same shopping center as Newk’s Café and Verizon Wireless.

Scoop’d will have tables and seats for 55, plus a 24-seat party room.

“The concept we’re aiming for would be an open, inviting area where people can come hang out, not just ... [a place where you] come, take your stuff and you have to go to your car or leave,” Greg said.

Party packages will be available, allowing partiers to make their own sundaes or even watch ice cream being made.

The restaurant will be set up with elevated seating areas as well as booth and bar seating, a soda and coffee bar, ice cream counter and dipping cabinet and checkout counters.

Scoop’d, 11519 Parkside Drive, will be open from noon to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday and will be closed Sundays.

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