A new frozen treats shops in Elkhart is expected to open next week and promises to offer a variety of flavors and styles.
The owners of Twisted Cow Self-Serve Frozen Treats plan to open their doors by the middle of the week of May 19. The shop is at 105 W. C.R. 6, in Elkhart, next to Wings Etc.
The business offers frozen yogurt, ice cream, frozen custard and gelato in 15 different flavors. Business co-owner Rose Miller said they plan to add three new flavors to the shop’s offerings about a month after it opens.
Customers will be able to sample the ice cream. Once they've picked their favorite flavor — or flavors — they can fill a bowl with as little or as much as they like and add as many toppings as they want.
Twisted Cow will offer more than 50 toppings to go with the ice cream. Some of the fruit toppings will be supplied by local farms.
Miller said the plan is to open the shop during weekdays from noon to 11 p.m. and on weekends from noon to midnight.
What’s most important for Miller and her husband, Mark, is to offer a family-friendly business, "with a bright and cheery atmosphere" she said.
For Rose and Mark, opening The Twisted Cow has more importance than simply opening a new business. It was a tragedy in their family that motivated them to do it.
After Rose and Mark Miller lost their first child in 2012, they thought about the importance of spending time with their children.
They agreed that one of them should stay with their children while the other works, but they had to find a way to do it without sacrificing a source of income. Rose is a first-grade teacher at Woodland Elementary and Mark works at Himco Waste Away Group.
Shortly after their son passed away, Mark's brother took them to Honey's Frozen Yogurt in Goshen, and that's where the Millers drew their inspiration to start their own business, Rose Miller said.
Shortly after their trip to Honey's, the Millers set up an appointment and met with Honey Hill Farms, a supplier of frozen yogurt.
Now a week away from opening, Rose Miller said their plan for now is to have someone looking after the business, but in the future one of them will give up their job to stay at the shop with their children.
The Millers will dedicate the opening of Twisted Cow to their son, Colton, who died in 2012.