Growing up on a farm in Clover Hill, Carolyn Williams’ late father often referred to her as “Grammie.”
“I have no idea why he called me that,” said Carolyn, laughing. “He gave me that nickname when I was a little girl and it stuck.”
Throughout her life, family members, including her grandchildren, have called the Dayton resident as “Grammie.” So, while pondering names for her budding ice cream business, the nickname seemed to fit the bill, she says.
Grammie’s Ice Cream, slated to open in Dayton sometime in October, will offer 36 slow-churned, soft-serve flavors, including Mississippi Mud Pie, Peanut Butter Blast and Salty Caramel.
“Orange Creamsicle is my personal favorite flavor,” she admitted.
The parlor will not be limited to ice cream, however; sundaes, milkshakes, floats, snow cones, waffle cones, homemade pastries and assorted cheeses will also be available.
Carolyn and her husband of 45 years, Charles Williams, co-own the venture. Charles, who also runs Valley Water Gardens in Dayton, says the idea for the parlor came in September 2012, after a trip to Chambersburg, Pa.
Charles explained that while purchasing lawn furniture from a Pennsylvania Amish family, the couple “ran into this ice cream place.”
That spot being Windy Knoll Farm Market and Creamery — a market that sells fresh produce, sandwiches and homemade ice cream. Charles says the initial trip got the wheels turning, but a visit in May 2014 inspired the couple to open a Dayton version.
“When we went on that trip in May, we got back we knew we had to do this,” he said.
The parlor will be located in a red, barn-style building adjacent to the Hair Corral barbershop on John Wayland Highway in Dayton.
Grammie’s will offer a walk-up window, interior dipping stations, a back deck for seating space, and a front porch with swings and rockers.
“It’s going to be such a homey, welcoming atmosphere,” said Carolyn. “And people are really looking forward [to it opening].”
The ice cream, however, will be the main attraction, maintains Charles.
“It’s going to be phenomenal ice cream that you can’t buy at local stores,” he said.
“It will be the best ice cream in the Valley.”
Contact Matt Gonzales at (540) 574-6265 or mgonzales.com