A new business in Huxley makes it convenient for you to drive up to a window and get your morning joe or your after-work ice cream treat.
Double Dipped opened just recently along Highway 69 in the south part of town, and the little business, decked out with an inviting and lively mostly green interior has been well received, according to one of its owners, Sara Hillebrand.
“Ice cream is very popular and coffee is steadily picking up in the mornings,” she said after about a week of conducting business.
Hillebrand and her husband Jeremy are partners in the business with Sara’s twin sister, Stacey Noe, and Stacey’s husband, Dan. Both families have lived in Huxley for a number of years, but the twin sisters are originally from eastern Iowa.
“My sister and I have talked about opening a business like this for about the last five to 10 years,” Sara said. “We have missed having ice cream in Huxley after the old Sweeties closed about 10 years ago.”
When they saw the space along Highway 69 open up, Sara’s husband Jeremy mentioned that it would make a great little spot for an ice cream shoppe.
“We originally were going to just start with ice cream for the summer and add coffee by the fall to help cover expenses during the winter months,” Sara said. Eventually they decided to start with both offerings, because they needed to do all the construction work at the same time.
When it comes to ice cream, Double Dipped offers a variety of specialty ice cream treats, made with hand-dipped ice cream. When it comes to coffee, they offer a variety of specialty coffee drinks, with their coffee beans roasted locally by The Iowa Coffee Company. Price of these treats ranges from $1.60 to $4.75 for the coffee drinks, and $3 to $5.70 for ice cream treats.
The business currently employs 15 part-time employees, and Sara said they may add a few more through the summer months. Business hours are currently 6-10 a.m. Monday through Friday; 3:30-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 3:30-9 p.m. on Fridays. Saturdays they are open throughout the day, and Sundays they are open noon-8 p.m. They plan to offer longer hours in the summer.
Sara encourages people to check out their website: http://dbldipped.com/ and follow them on Facebook: Double Dipped Ice Cream & Coffee Shoppe.
As for the first days of business, the owners have been pleased with the steady flow of people stopping by, and if customers like Ian Dickens are any indication, then customers are pleased about Double Dipped. Dickens said everything he’s tried is great, and he is very fond of the chocolate-based peanut butter shakes.