Here’s the scoop on our latest #ShineOnLocal event. We’re heading to Southport to local favorite, Flava’s Ice Cream Shop. Join us on Wednesday, July 28, 4 pm – 6 pm for a FREE scoop of ice cream! They offer an assortment of diverse and unusual flavors. While some flavors are staples like chocolate or vanilla, they also have more adventurous options like Death by Chocolate or Nutty Coconut.
We spoke with Flava’s Ice Cream Shop Manager, Maryah Smith to learn more about how this special sweet shop got started and what to do while you’re in the charming town of Southport.
What inspired the owners Maria and Paul to open Flava’s Ice Cream Shop?
Maryah Smith: Maria and Paul Swenson have 40 years of experience in the hospitality business before opening Flava’s Ice Cream Shop. Flava’s (originally called The Corner Store) was created to complement the recently opened restaurant across the street called Provision Company. The name “Flava“ was the nickname of one of the first managers of The Corner Store. After a year or so The Corner Store label was dropped and Flava’s became the go-to name.
What makes Flava’s Ice Cream Shop so unique?
Maryah Smith: Flava’s is unique because we have some great options beyond just a scoop of ice cream! We offer brownie sundaes (brownies made by scratch from our family recipe), strawberry shortcake sundaes, ice cream floats, and fresh baked cookies for our homemade ice cream sandwiches. You can choose from chocolate chip, peanut butter, or oatmeal raisin with any flavor of ice cream; they are huge and delicious!
What would you recommend for someone’s first time visiting Flava’s Ice Cream Shop?
Maryah Smith: For someone visiting for the first time, check out our t-shirt room! We carry some top quality t-shirts in addition to just serving ice cream. We sell all the gear for Provision Company and Simply Southport clothing lines…we also have hats, tanks, and sweatshirts.
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor you serve?
Maryah Smith: There are so many flavors to choose from but Death by Chocolate is our favorite! It’s a dark chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips, brownie chunks, and sliced almonds…make sure to get it in one of our homemade waffle cones!
What’s your favorite part about living in the Southport area?
Maryah Smith: Our favorite part of living in Southport is our small town feel! Southport has become a staple for people to come and visit, so we have a lot of influx of tourism but Southport has never lost its “small fishing town” feel. We love the saying, “Don’t change Southport, let Southport change you.”
Those new to Southport, what’s something they must do?
Maryah Smith: If you are new to Southport make sure you catch a lunch or dinner at Provision Company across the street from Flava’s. They are known for their peel and eat shrimp, yellowfin tuna, amazing cheeseburgers, and bottles of beer (self serve on the honor system) and the prettiest views of the Intracoastal Waterway in town! Also catch a tour across the street with Southport Boat Tours, they have a great sunset cruise and you may even catch some dolphins out playing!
Shine On Local Event Details
Stop by Flava’s Ice Cream Shop located at 318 W Bay Street Southport, NC 28461 from 4 pm – 6 pm on Wednesday, July 28 for a FREE scoop of ice cream compliments of Intracoastal Realty. Make sure to follow @intracoastalrealty and @flavasicecream on Instagram and use the hashtag #ShineOnLocal when you visit.
*Limited to one free scoop of ice cream per person