- Courtesy of Lu•lu Ice Cream
- Slumdog Millionaire and maple walnut ice cream
Lu•lu is trading one Main Street location in Addison County for a new one. The small-batch, specialty ice cream shop, which opened in 2012 at 11 Main Street in Bristol, is moving to Vergennes.
If construction continues apace, Lu•lu will open its new shop, with space for retail sales and production, at 185 Main Street in Vergennes by Memorial Day weekend, according to owner-founder Laura Mack. She called the move from her hometown "bittersweet."
"We're excited about the opportunity of having a new space and a new home," Mack said. "We can lay out the shop in a smart way, and that's exciting. But we're heartbroken about leaving such a great community."
Lu•lu, which Mack called a "family organization," was originally located in the space that had held Mary's Restaurant, which Mack's parents, Doug Mack and Linda Harmon, opened 35 years ago on Main Street in Bristol. They are investors in and taste testers at Lu•lu, Laura Mack said.
Her parents moved their business, now called the Inn at Baldwin Creek & Mary's Restaurant, to its current location on Route 116 in 1994 but retained ownership of the Main Street building, where their daughter lived in an apartment above her ice cream business. When they sold the building this past March 1, Mack needed new quarters for home and work. Having closed Lu•lu in February, she currently makes ice cream for wholesale accounts at a temporary space in Vergennes.
The new shop will seat about 20 people. In addition to scoops and cones, Lu•lu will serve ice cream treats such as soda floats, ice cream sandwiches and pops.
Nine flavors are typically available at a time, including one or two vegan varieties made with a base of cashew, almond or coconut milk. The Macks' favorite flavor is a source of "constant argument" in the family, Mack said.
Her own choice is basil, which she crafts from plants her family grows in their greenhouses and garden at Mary's. But the "cult classic," she said, is Slumdog Millionaire. The curried-peanut-butter ice cream is the only flavor made by her chef father.