WAPAKONETA — Judy DuBois has been a successful business owner for several years, but one career goal has eluded her until recently: owning an ice cream shop.
DuBois’ dream became a reality about one year ago, when she decided to purchase a storefront that was vacant for several years.
“It had been an ice cream store since I was a kid,” DuBois said. “It’s had 10 different names — Dairy King, Dairy Queen, all kinds of things.”
Since it was already designed as an ice cream shop, DuBois thought it was the perfect location to launch Scoops Sweets & Treats, which opened in May 2016. It is located at 725 W. Auglaize St. in DuBois’ hometown of Wapakoneta.
The ice cream shop is Dubois’ second business, as she is the owner of Auglaize Embroidery, a screen printing company also located in Wapakoneta. DuBois said Scoops is her main priority for the upcoming summer season, since two of her daughters are handling the day-to-day operations at Auglaize Embroidery.
DuBois infatuation with ice cream shops traces back to her childhood, when she practically begged the late owner of Max’s Dairy Bar to give her a job when she was 12.
“He finally hired me, and I worked for (Max) until I was 17,” she said. “After I graduated I had kids, then I went back to work for him until he passed away. I loved that job.”
She planned to open an ice cream shop several years ago, and even bought the property on which to do so. But it was at a time when her kids were growing up, and DuBois said money was tight. She put the dream on hold again, and years later decided to open her screen printing and embroidery business.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but the timing was never right,” DuBois said. “I had the embroidery store, and that was enough for awhile. Then when this came up for sale, my brother said I should check it out. Now here we are.”
Since opening Scoops one year ago, DuBois has added her own personal touch to the ice cream business. Along with 32 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream, she also sells 15 types of gourmet hot dogs and boxed lunches that include a sandwich, a choice of salad and a soft drink. She sells sloppy joes, chicken sandwiches and pork barbecue, which are all homemade.
Along with enhancing the food menu, DuBois has added some new desserts. She now sells homemade brownie sundaes, apple crisp with ice cream and layered sundaes, which DuBois said are one of her most popular items.
“They’re in 16 ounce cups, and it’s ice cream, then a layer of toppings, then ice cream, toppings and so on,” she said. “Those have been really popular.”
Aside from the diverse menu, DuBois said what sets Scoops apart from other ice cream shops is strong customer service.
“Customer service is huge for us,” she said. “We try to be as nice as we can, and give the absolute best customer service we can.”
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