Ice Cream Dream at The Scoop

The Jensen Beach ice cream shop dishes out 36 flavors of ice cream, 8 types of Italian ice, and 9 varieties of gelato and sorbet

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The Scoop in Jensen Beach, photo by KAYLA FERLAND_LILIES & LENSES PHOTOGRAPHY
Photo by Kayla Ferland/Lilies & Lenses Photography

Alex and Kate Pope fled the Northeast for the Treasure Coast last year and fulfilled their entrepreneurial dream by purchasing The Scoop in Jensen Beach. “We always wanted to work for ourselves,” says Kate, who, prior to moving to Florida, pursued a career in politics while her husband sold medical supplies. “Ice cream is a celebration for us. It makes people feel good, and the store is something we can run while having our daughters around.” The Scoop serves Hershey’s ice cream and DeConna gelato, stocking 36 flavors of ice cream, 8 types of Italian ice, and 9 varieties of gelato and sorbet. Classics such as Cookies & Cream and Cappuccino Crunch are the most popular, although Brown Butter Bourbon Truffle and Oatmeal Cookie Craving fire the imaginations of their customers. Kate reports that their young daughters—Ainsley, 7, and Olivia, 9—are active participants and often come up with marketing ideas, such as Olivia’s inspiration for Featured Flavor Friday. The Popes are also experimenting with making their own ice cream and hope to eventually expand the store and possibly open other locations. “It’s really fun to be part of peoples’ lives,” says Kate. “People come here to celebrate birthdays and special occasions, and they leave with smiles on their faces.”  

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