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Exterior of the Bank Street Creamery, formerly known as the Purple Cow. [Photo by Julia Brennan ‘17]

Mari Otto

Easton’s favorite ice cream shop re-opens today

The slow approach of warmer weather also marks the return of Easton’s beloved ice cream shop, Bank Street Creamery. Here’s the scoop, though: this season the shop is back under new ownership and rumored to have several new flavors for its customers to dig their spoons in.

While the quaint shop may have changed owners, the ice cream has stayed the same. Bank Street Creamery will continue to offer its renowned traditional flavors, including the Purple Cow, Play Dough and Mexican Chocolate Diablo. Two fresh flavors include Vanilla Bourbon Caramel and Sweet Potato.

Instead of serving all 48 menu items, however, Brooks Minnick, the new owner of the shop, will offer 24 at a time, rotating the ice cream so that each scoop gets its moment in the display window. The menu will also now be a sampler option for customers to try a small portion of up to five different flavors in one purchase.

The cherry on top is the shop will be open all year long, meaning customers can indulge even in the coldest of weather. The ice cream shop will emphasize Brooks Minnick’s aim to reduce environmental impact by swapping cups and plastic spoons for paper bowls and wooden spoons.

“I’m hoping that people see this as kind of a version 3.0, with the Purple Cow being 1.0, Bank Street Creamery being 2.0, and this is just the evolution and maturing of the shop,” he said.

Additionally, Bank Street Creamery received an attitude makeover over the winter months—going out with the outdated purple decor and welcoming in a black and white, cleaner look.

Apart from the changes, Minnick wishes to uphold the legacy Bank Street Creamery has built since its opening in 1998, keeping shop involved in city events. So, rest assured foodies, the garlic flavor will still be scooped during Garlic Fest.

“I absolutely want to retain the things people value most about the shop and that is its quality service, product, and reputation” Minnick said.

He has worked closely with Bank Street Creamery’s previous owners to learn all the processes and traditions of the shop.

Bank Street Creamery will be open all year round, so Brooks Minnick will be looking to employ Lafayette students to work in the shop during the school year and beyond.

The shop’s grand opening today, Friday Mar. 27 at 5 p.m.