Cold Stone franchise owner Mick Audette celebrated his stores grand opening on April Fools' day
The weatherman wasn’t the only one clowning around on April Fools’ day in Soldotna. A couple of happy faces well known to children and adults of all ages, Capt. Burn-ee and E.D.I.T.H. of the Central Emergency Services showed up at the grand opening of the new Cold Stone Creamery store in Soldotna to share some smiles and taste their favorite creamery concoctions. Cold Stone is an international franchise store locally owned by Mick and Nikki Audette in partnership with Nikki’s parents Cheryl and Jack Page. Mick was raised in Homer and is an elementary school music teacher who brings his musical talents right along to his new ice cream parlor, “We were selected out of some 3,000 applications because of our love of music, entertainment is part of the Cold Stone franchise experience and we are having a lot of fun with it,” said Mick. “We make our ice cream on a 16 degree frozen stone slab fresh daily right here, it’s not brought in to us, we’ve inked a deal with Matanuska Maid for our sweet cream that we make our ice cream with so this is truly Alaskan ice cream from scratch and you add all the things you like with it that we have available which range from candy bars to fruit and nuts,” explained Audette.
The purpose of the frozen stone slab is to keep the ice cream at a constant consistency while the goodies are being mixed in says Audette, “It keeps it from getting soupy and keeps it at the perfect temperature for eating.” It’s not necessary to be creative at the new Cold Stone and make up your own recipe for creamy delights as they offer a menu of tried and true concoctions for your enjoyment such as the mud pie mojo which includes peanut butter, roasted almonds, Oreo cookies, fudge and a whipped topping. And if that’s too decadent Cold Stone offers a “sin-less” menu that includes sorbets and low-cal sugarless flavors as well. Audette and his family have been looking for the right location for three years and are very happy to open for business next to Jo-Ann Fabrics across from the Fitness Place in Soldotna.
“Our grand opening far exceeded our expectations, it’s been growing from there and our family team of workers are getting better every day at the musical entertainment and flipping of the fudge,” says Mick, “We’re ready for summer, bring on the fishermen!”
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