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12/19/2012 9:16:00 AM
New Dewey-Humboldt ice cream and coffee café a perfect blend for winter weather
Ken Rowe and Sonja Williams, their son Cody and their other two children, Kenny and Joey,  run Scoopz in the Humboldt Station, Main Street, Humboldt.
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Ken Rowe and Sonja Williams, their son Cody and their other two children, Kenny and Joey, run Scoopz in the Humboldt Station, Main Street, Humboldt.
TribPhoto/Heidi Dahms Foster

Ice cream sells better in cold weather than hot summer months, and what better time than now with the chilly temperatures to stop in at Scoopz in the Humboldt Station, Main Street, near Highway 69 and the Chevron station.

So say husband and wife owners Ken Rowe and Sonya Williams about their ice cream, sandwich and coffee shop that opened about four months ago.

Anyone who remembers Thrifty Drugstores recalls the rich taste and fun flavors of Thrifty ice cream and those iconic cylindrical scoops. Scoopz offers 23 flavors of Thrifty ice cream, which is still made at the Thrifty creamery in California. Rowe either picks up the ice cream in Phoenix or has it delivered to Humboldt.

"If a customer requests a flavor I don't have, I'll try to get it for them," he said.

Novelty ice cream flavors that appealed to children in bygone years are still available - bubblegum and circus animal cookie being the most popular. But adults eat more of these flavors than today's kids, Williams said.

"We lived in California and I got hooked on it. I wanted an ice cream everybody knew the name of but you can't get every day," she added.

Chocolate and Rocky Road are probably the best sellers, but her favorite is Mint Chip. Williams can't eat ice cream, "which is why it's safe for us to have this kind of business," she said with a laugh. Her husband is borderline diabetic and doesn't eat much either, but when he does, he picks Pecan Praline or Strawberry. People seem to comment most on another favorite - Malted Chocolate Crunch, Rowe said.

The shop also carries homemade pies by Mayer baker Roselynn Fernwalt. Husband Don Fernwalt recites cowboy poetry on the fourth Saturday of the month outside by the fire pit.

"We're trying to find out what the community wants and needs, and fill their wishes," Williams said. That's why they added sandwiches to the menu that includes soups and specialty coffee drinks.

"We want this to be a town business. We're not downtown Prescott," she said.

The couple has three school-aged children and they have lived in Dewey-Humboldt for two years.

Scoopz is open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday from 5 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The phone number is 928-632-5434, and they are located at 2735 S. Highway 69, Suites 1 and 2.

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Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Article comment by: David Nystrom, Nystrom For Mayor

It is small Town "Mom & Pop" shops like Scoopz that make Dewey-Humboldt a wonderful place to live. Please, get out and support our local businesses One business at a time, support from our community can do much more than any government program to bring Main Street back to life!

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