LAURINBURG — The local ice cream parlor Scoop-N-Dip received state wide recognition alongside Richmond Community College’s Small Business Center.
Scoop-N-Dip on 1025 South Main St. is open Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. The shop offers 24 flavors of Hershey’s ice cream including four reduced fat and frozen yogurt flavors, which are available in a bowl or cone. The parlor also provides sundaes, milkshakes, and banana splits.
The shop opened in March and was recognized during the North Carolina Community College System Small Business Center Network’s annual conference last week. The conference was held to honor small business centers and center directors for their accomplishments in a statewide celebration.
During the awards banquet, Richmond Community College’s Small Business Center was recognized for Scoop-N-Dip’s business success story.
The award committee said the story of the Scoop-N-Dip ice cream parlor shared the story of the owner’s determination, perseverance and triumph. Shop owner Shalonda Taylor worked with Small Business Center Director Deborah Hardison in determining her goals and business plan. The center encouraged Taylor to overcome personal and financial challenges and start her dream business.
Taylor was was excited to hear that her business was recognized on a state level for its success.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Taylor said. “It’s just been an amazing year and I’m so thankful for the support of Mrs. Hardison and the Richmond Community College Small Business Center.”
Hardison wasn’t surprised by Taylor’s accomplishments.
“I’ve said all along that Shalonda is the epitome of a good business owner,” said Hardison. “Her hard work and preparation by attending regular business counseling sessions and the Small Business Center seminars prior to opening her business gave me confidence she was going to do very well in her endeavors.”
Taylor was born and raised in New Jersey. She moved to Laurinburg in 2008 to be closer to her family. She found employment at a local convenience store, but her dream was to operate a business of her own.
“I wanted to do something for myself,” Taylor said.
She decided to open the ice cream shop because Laurinburg didn’t have one.
“I used to travel a lot just to get a scoop of ice cream,” she said. “So I decided we needed a place of our own here.”
Taylor said she was very pleased with her first summer in business, and will continue running a scaled down operation throughout the winter months.
It will be closing Dec. 21 for the season and will re-open Jan. 14.
RCC President Dale McInnis was pleased to hear of the Small Business Center’s recognition.
“Scoop N Dip is one of many success stories that have come out of our Small Business Center,” McInnis said. “Deborah Hardison works very well with aspiring entrepreneurs, as this award is another example of how we are creating jobs in our communities and supporting the courageous people starting up new businesses.”
For more information about the Small Business Center, contact Hardison at [email protected] or call 910-410-1687.