Custard shop offers taste of the beach

The Scoop boasts soups, salads and wraps in addition to desserts.
Wednesday, September 15, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:07 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

With surfboards on the walls, inside seating and a variety of food options, The Scoop is a unique addition to Columbia’s ice cream and custard shops.

The employees’ shirts let customers know they are at the “home of the wave,” and the shop’s motif creates an atmosphere that owner Randy Minchew said “makes you feel like you are on a beach in Florida.”

Minchew’s surfboards — from his experiences in competitive surfing — complement the most popular menu item, the Wave. This dessert has a fresh frozen-custard base and contains a blend of fruits, nuts or candy and sells for $2.80 to $3.30.

Other desserts include custard in specialty cones such as chocolate cookie, sundaes and banana splits.

Aside from satisfying the public’s sweet tooth, Minchew and his wife and co-owner, Cynthia, offer food items such as wraps, soups and salads. With its appeal to the low-carbohydrate lifestyle, the avocado wrap has become one of the more popular food items, selling for $3.75.

Customers can dine inside or outside at the location. The Minchews also offer delivery and catering services.

The Scoop opened June 6 at 2001 Corona Road, Suite 100, in the Village of Cherry Hill, at the corner of Chapel Hill Road and Scott Boulevard.

The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.

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