ST. PAULS — At Tammy Cain’s new business, you can have your cake and your ice cream and eat them too.
Cain and her husband, Michael, have opened Cain’s Ice Cream and Bakery Shop at 108 W. Broad St. The shop has been open since March 8.
Cain, a Lumberton native, described her place as an old-fashioned ice cream parlor where you can also enjoy a slice of cake. The shop also features freshly made cupcakes, sundaes, banana splits, malts, slushies, shakes and coffee.
The shop, which is decorated in Harlequin triangles and whimsical pastels, currently includes seating for 25 people, but can hold as many as 75. It also offers free Wi-Fi.
“St. Pauls is a small town and I felt it needed something different,” Cain said. “I figured an ice cream shop and bakery might fit the bill.”
Cain plans to offer 32 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream. The shop currently has about 16 flavors to choose from, ranging from familiar standards like vanilla and butter pecan to more adventurous flavors such as blueberry cream pie and something called Superman that tastes of bananas, bubble gum and cherries.
“With 32 flavors, we just about covered the board, but our best-selling ice creams are grape and butter pecan,” she said. “But if people ask for a particular flavor that we don’t have, we will get it.”
Besides ice cream, there are other frozen treats available, such as Italian ice.
The shop also sells slices of red velvet, carrot, coconut, and pineapple upside down cake.
Sundaes come with a choice of 18 toppings and range in price from $1.75 to $3. Ice cream is priced at $1.45 for one scoop, and goes up to $2.45 for three scoops.
Cain also creates custom cakes priced between $25 and $70.
Cain has been making cakes and bread since she was a young girl. She said she wanted to turn her love of baking into a profitable business.
“I got into this business because everyone loves ice cream,” she said. “I love meeting people and it is the kind of thing where you can have a conversation and still enjoy eating it.”
Cain had managed several local restaurants, including the Dairy Queen in Lumberton, before deciding to start her own venture. She previously operated a smaller ice cream parlor in Rennert for about a year.
“I love having my own business,” she said. “You can succeed or fail on your own merits. And when you are doing something that you love, it really is not work.”
Cain, who is working on a masters in business, said she eventually plans to open a more traditional restaurant in addition to her ice cream shop.
The shop is open Wednesdays through Fridays from 2 to 9 p.m.; and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sundays from 2 to 9 p.m.
“After a Sunday, we really don’t have any ice cream left,” she said. “Sundays are big days for us, so it takes us a few days to restock.”
Cain’s Ice Cream and Bakery Shop can be reached at 910-733-9464.