After 25 years in business at the Lambton Mall, The Ice Creamery is moving.
Dave and Wendy Ghobril, the owners of The Ice Creamery were recently informed that their lease would expire at the end of the year and the mall would not be renewing it. The reason given was that the store next to them wanted to expand and needed their space. The mall has given them until the end of their lease to vacate, which is December 31, 2018. The mall’s decision came as a surprise to the couple who have been operating their chocolate and ice cream shop in the mall for 25 years.
“We’re disappointed with the mall, but we’re going to be positive about this change,” says Dave. The Ice Creamery has also been at the Sarnia Farmers Market for years. After a couple years, it became apparent to them that the farmers became bored in the winter, itching to get to work in the spring with renewed enthusiasm. Dave and Wendy also feel that way every spring when it is time to open their downtown location. This was business as they remembered it-inspired! The constant year-round never-ending grind of the mall - now that is a grueling pace!
The small family-owned business sells chocolate, fudge, and ice cream. While Dave has been perfecting chocolate and ice cream since 1993, he says running a business like this is whole other job. His job of creating new flavours is the easy fun one, but the real work of running the store falls to his wife, Wendy. “I’ve never met anyone who works as hard as she does, especially on the repetitive day to day stuff,” says Dave.
Originally, Wendy was in shock and understandably upset about the news from the mall. “We are now looking at it as an opportunity to take our lives to the next level, do something different with the business. Maybe take a vacation, I think we’ve earned it after 25 years,” laughs Dave.
After closing the Lambton Mall location on December 31st, they will be gradually be shifting all the chocolate production to the Farmers Market and have it for sale there year-round. “We should be fully up and running at the market in time for Valentine’s Day.”
The couple own a second location in downtown Sarnia on the corner of Front and Nelson Street across from Centennial Park. This year, they will open in April and stay open likely until Thanksgiving weekend.
“The downtown location is where the fun ice cream happens!” says Dave. “The clientele at the mall is predictable, whereas the downtown clients walk in and ask ‘What’s new? What weird and exciting flavours have you created today?’”
The Ice Creamery will remain at the mall for the pre-Christmas season with all their usual chocolate offerings, so you can still fill stockings with delicious locally-made chocolate.
“It’s going to be interesting. We’re feeling positive that perhaps it was a nudge in the right direction, and we’re excited to see what happens in the coming year.”
The Ice Creamery is at the Sarnia Farmers Market from 7 am - 1 pm every Wednesday and Saturday year-round. The Farmers Market is located at 110 Proctor Street. Their downtown store is located at 158 Nelson Street across form Centennial Park and will open in April. The phone number 519-541-0102 will remain the same. For more information check out their website at www.icecreamery.ca