Fudge and ice cream have been popular commodities in Pine for a few years now. Carol Herrick is celebrating that fact with an anniversary (today, Feb. 12).
Herrick opened Pine Creek Fudge and Ice Cream on Feb. 12, 2006.
"It's been three good years. I've met a lot of nice people and had fun," Herrick said.
She is actually surprised by the shop's success --- it has always been profitable. She attributes the black on the bottom line to keeping things simple.
"I just wanted a nice, little fudge and ice cream shop. When people come in, you know they're coming in because they want what you have to sell."
People really like what she sells, too. Herrick has a booming mail order business with her fudge.
Herrick makes the fudge in the shop. Using a specially designed kettle, she can concoct about six pounds of fudge in 90 minutes. The base is either chocolate or vanilla, which she gets from New York and then she adds her own special touches. She offers 26 flavors of fudge and 18 flavors of ice cream.
"It's the largest and tastiest selection of gourmet fudge and hand-dipped ice cream in the Rim Country," Herrick said.
She said she doesn't use recipes. Some of her most popular creations are Cookie Dough, Java Mania, Payday and Moose Tracks. The cost is $10.65 for a pound, $5.33 for a half-pound and $2.67 for a quarter-pound. Mail orders take two days and are shipped by Priority Mail.
There will be a special selection of fudges for Valentine's Day, plus themed boxes.
Herrick retired after 32 years of work in the Valley and discovered she was not ready for retirement.
There has been a fudge shop in Pine for about 20 years. One of the owners was Jim Winters, but when he was ready to sell the shop, Herrick was not in a position to buy it. So, she bought it from the people he sold it to.
Over the years she has operated the shop, she has developed a regular customer base. "People will come in and just say ‘the usual,'" she said.
In addition to her fudge and ice cream (which is supplied by Dreyer's and Starbucks), Herrick has cappuccinos, smoothies and Starbucks frozen drinks. She always has a pot of coffee on, and some folks just stop in for that. The shop also offers a variety of teas and hot chocolate and a few other beverages. There are even "Frosty Paws" frozen treats for dogs.
Customers can order the ice cream in sundaes, splits, shakes, and malts and have it in waffle bowls, waffle cones or chocolate-dipped cones.
"I like people. Life would be boring if I couldn't be around people. I like to meet them and hear their stories. I have customers who have become friends too."
Helping Herrick in the shop is Cara Beardsmore. "She's nice to work with and gets along well with our customers."
Pine Creek Fudge and Ice Cream is in Bishop Park in Pine, 3617 N. Highway 87, Suite C. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. For more information, call (928) 476-3308.