Cereal and ice cream bar opening Monday

Photo by Michele Newbanks Co-owner Larry Ramsey finishes up work on the interior of The Little Spoon for its grand opening on Monday.

Local residents looking for something new to cool down with this summer need to look no further.

The Little Spoon is opening Monday at 114 Putnam St. in downtown Marietta.

“All inspections are passed and we’re good to go,” said Larry Ramsey, The Little Spoon co-owner.

The shop, which is unlike anything currently in the Mid-Ohio Valley – is a self-serve hand-dipped ice cream and cereal bar. Owners started working on the shop on April 15 and will start with two employees.

Eight flavors of ice cream, 16 ice cream toppings and 20 different kinds of cereal are going to be on the bar, although the flavors and toppings may change.

Ice cream flavors will include cookies and cream, mint chocolate chip, chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, chocolate swirl, Buckeye brownie and rainbow sherbet. They can be served in bowls or in cones.

“Four of the toppings will be fruit and then the other 12 will be sprinkles, chocolate chips, stuff like that,” Ramsey said.

They currently have 19 of the 20 flavors chosen, but they will have the last one picked by the time the business opens on Monday morning. The cereals they will have available for purchase are Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, Honey Bunches of Oats, Frosted Mini-Wheats, Cap’n Crunch, Cap’n Crunch with berries, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Fruit Loops with marshmallows, Raisin Bran, Golden Grahams, Special K, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, fruit-shaped Trix, Cookie Crisp and Fruity Pebbles.

Ice cream and cereal will be weighed out at 60 cents an ounce.

He said they will also have coffee and milkshakes for sale, as well as their own cereal shake concoctions. Milkshakes will be $5 and $7.

Ramsey said the name plays off the fact that everything at the shop can be eaten with a little spoon.

“Honestly, we were just sitting around and had this idea for a while. We were sitting back and I told the guys, ‘you know, everything we’re going to eat requires a little spoon,'” he said. “We kind of thought about the Big Dipper for ice cream, but we’re eating cereal, so why not The Little Spoon? I think it fits for Marietta.”

He said they chose to sell cereals and ice cream because there is nothing like that in the area.

“I want to be different,” he said, noting that in doing some research, the closest thing to their store was several states away.

He chose downtown Marietta because it was a good location with foot traffic, plus he liked the historical area.

“I really like this part of Marietta,” he added.

While cereal and ice cream may sound like it’s just for kids, he wants to reach a broader demographic.

“We’re trying to reach a little bit of everybody,” Ramsey said. “We’ve got the fun stuff for the kids. We’re going to have cartoons on the TV for the kids, but I’d like to hit my own age group. I’m 28 and I think something like this would be cool.”

He said they were going to tie in some ’90s themed posters.

“I hope to make it a cool hangout spot,” he said. The shop will eventually add WiFi so the college students can stop in and grab a coffee or milkshake and do some work on their laptops.

The Parkersburg resident said he would rather open the eatery in Marietta as it has a “better speed of things.”

Hours are going to be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays. The shop will be closed on Sundays. Ramsey said they may play with the hours once the business opens and they get a better feel for when things are busy.

There will be a 25 percent discount for service personnel such as military, police, firefighters and EMTs.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

If you go:

• What: The Little Spoon.

• Where: 114 Putnam St., Marietta.

• When: Opens Monday at 7 a.m.; Regular hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays. The shop will be closed on Sundays.

•Includes: Eight flavors of ice cream, 16 ice cream toppings and 20 different kinds of cereal.

• Price range: Ice cream and cereal will be weighed out at 60 cents an ounce. Milkshake prices will be $5 and $7.

• Discounts: There will be a 25 percent discount for service personnel, such as military, police, firefighters and EMTs.

Source: The Little Spoon.

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