It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so to get us in the holiday spirit we’re having our next #ShineOnLocal event at Boombalatti’s! Not only do they serve incredible homemade ice cream year-round, in December they feature their signature Christmas flavors like gingerbread, peppermint stick, and hot coco. Stop in on Thursday, December 16, 6 pm – 8 pm at their Forum location for a FREE scoop of ice cream on us!
We caught up with owner Wes Bechtel to learn more about how he and his wife created this local favorite and got some pro tips on what to try when you visit!
What inspired you to open Boombalatti’s and how did you come up with the name?
Wes Bechtel: My wife Kristen and I were both working desk jobs and felt there was more to life than conference calls and emails. Ice cream has been my favorite food for my entire life and so when I thought about what job would make me truly happy the obvious answer was a homemade ice cream shop. Boombalatti’s was just a name that was made up that sounded fun and whimsical. We’ve since discovered that it’s very hard to spell!
What is your background?
Wes Bechtel: I learned how to make ice cream after watching an episode of Good Eats in college and started coming up with fun flavors for my friends and neighbors. Meanwhile I spent 12 years working for a major cell phone carrier. In 2011 I went back to school to get my MBA and decided it was time to quit my job and take a chance at ice cream. Six years later it remains one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
What makes Boombalatti’s stand out from other shops?
Wes Bechtel: We aim to provide our customers the very best ice cream, served by the very best employees in the very best environment. We are super focused on quality and creating a positive experience for every customer that walks in our doors. As for the ice cream, we make every single batch we scoop at our three shops in our kitchen located in our Military Cutoff store. We use grass-fed NC dairy, stay away from artificial flavors and colors, and scoop cones and sundaes and milkshakes the old-fashioned way.
What flavor would you recommend to those first visiting Boombalatti’s?
Wes Bechtel: We are really proud of all of our flavors and we have all the classics like Cookie Dough, Double Cookies & Cream, Chocolate and Strawberry, but if you only came to Boombalatti’s one time I’d recommend our Cinnamon Caramel Oatmeal Cookie. It’s probably the flavor we’re most known for and it’s absolutely delicious.
What’s your favorite flavor you serve year-round and your favorite seasonal flavor?
Wes Bechtel: A staff favorite is our Mocha Oreo which is basically a cross between my two favorite flavors as a kid: Cookies & Cream and Coffee. What could be better? And during the holidays our Peppermint Stick deservedly gets a ton of love, but our Gingerbread Cold Brew Coffee Shake is one of the combos I look forward to all year long!
Shine On Local Event Details: Pop into Boombalatti’s at their Forum location for a FREE scoop of ice cream compliments of Intracoastal Realty on Thursday, December 16, 6 pm – 8 pm. Make sure to follow @intracoastalrealty and @boombalattis on Instagram and use the hashtag #ShineOnLocal when you visit!