Lacey Bell, and her husband Daniel Moraetes, loved the ice cream shop on Pine Avenue in downtown Inverness and were regular customers. So when the owners announced they were closing, the couple was as disappointed as anyone else that the downtown would have to go without.
But then they gave it some thought …and bought the business.
The Hershey’s ice cream brand will stay the same as the former Ice Cream Dr offered, but the name will change to Pinecone’s Ice Cream Parlor.
Bell and her husband own three smoke shops: one in Inverness, Crystal River, and Brooksville. But Bell admits an ice cream shop will be something new.
“It’s definitely a new adventure,” she said.
Bell said the original plan was to revamp all of the interior of the shop in 1950’s décor and open about March, but then the coronavirus hit and the state’s ordered stay-at-home orders were issued and businesses were closing their doors.
The couple announced May 20, on Facebook that they will be officially open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2020.
The couple could have opened the ice cream shop to offer take-out orders, but Bell said that they wanted to offer customers the full experience if the 1950s-themed shop with both indoor and outside seating.
Bell said she sees the shop, in part, as a continuation as the former Ice Cream Doctor.
“We really loved the Ice Cream Doctor and we love Inverness too,” she said.
But the couple is making some improvements in addition to the all 1950s era décor. Bell said the shop will offer 60 flavors of ice cream, a children’s booth, and live, indoor acoustic music on Fridays and Saturdays.
The shop becoming available also allowed the couple to diversify their business interests, something Bell said they’ve both wanted to do.
The couple said the coronavirus created a lot of problems when remodeling the shop and plans to open this spring, but the property owner was accommodating with the lease and helped when the couple could not open.
The couple now want to thank customers for being patient after planned openings came and went and want them to enjoy the ice cream experience as much as they do.
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