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New Creamery on Campus

Students comment on the opening of the new ice cream parlor in Roncalli Hall

Staff Reporter

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013

Updated: Thursday, February 7, 2013 14:02

The creamery

Photo Courtesy of Tracy Deer-Mirek

The creamery


After several months of set backs, the new ice cream parlor, The Walnut Beach Creamery, officially opened its doors on Jan. 23 in Roncalli Hall.  

This is the first ice cream shop at Sacred Heart University and although there are many unique varieties of custom ice cream, students are puzzled as to why the parlor is located near the new gym.

“It’s an interesting combination to have a gym next to an ice cream parlor because it is very contradicting,” said sophomore Scott Barrese. “After you workout, you can give yourself a treat or you can get some ice cream and then work it off.”

Students question its placement in Roncalli in general. 

“I wish it were in the McMahon building instead of across the street,” said junior Biana Boudreau

Despite the frigid weather, the shop was crowded with students waiting for their ice cream. 

“I love going to the creamery after dinner; especially picking a flavor from the great variety,” said sophomore Brooke Colombo. “Many students and faculty go to the creamery and I think it is a great addition to the campus.”

Walnut Beach Creamery is the first ever entrepreneurship managed by students in the business program.  The staff consists of freshman through senior students seeking the knowledge of how to run a business.  

This hands-on experience will help the students learn how to deal with sales, employees, finance, inventory and customers.  It will also give students a chance to view real-life business.  

The staff is divided up into three main sections, including two interns, eleven Welch scholars, and 12 “point-of-sales” employees seeking the guidance of the managers and knowledge of business applicable work.

Among the Welch Scholars, other majors such as social media, community outreach, human resources, and finance work in committees dealing with the overall structure of the Walnut Beach Creamery.

The ice cream is ordered straight from Susan Patrick’s own Walnut Beach Creamery in Milford, Conn.

The Walnut Beach Creamery does not accept the SHU Card.  You can get three scoops for $3.00 with your option of a cup, regular cone or waffle cone.  Flavors consist of “Big Red Velvet,” “Rollin’ in the Dough,” “Father Jerry Berry,” and “Nutty Professor.”  The creamery has various toppings to add to the ice cream.  

Sacred Heart students should expect to see milkshakes being added to the menu in the near future.  

The Walnut Beach Creamery is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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