ST. MARYS – “It all started with one ice cream cone and a dream.”
The owners of Brandy Camp Creamery have always had a vision to open their own storefront – a vision that finally came to fruition at 45 Erie Ave. at St. Marys.
Brandy Camp Creamery’s Pronto Cafe opened in early July this year, after about a year of renovations since securing the location, co-owner Meredith Bon said.
The creamery business was started at Christmas 2018 by Bon, Ray Knight and Father Ross Miceli. The premium, small-batch homemade ice cream was previously created by Bon in Brandy Camp, but is now made on-site in the Erie Avenue building, which is a definite plus, she said.
The business began in a small trailer in downtown St. Marys and has since grown significantly. Bon noted that they will keep the ice cream trailer and that Knight will continue to take it to fairs, festivals, and other events.
In addition to several flavors of ice cream and products like Mystic Monk Coffee and artisan items for sale, Pronto Cafe has now added foods to its menu, such as paninis, salads and flatbreads. Using self-venting equipment like a panini press, the cafe – now open for lunch and dinner – will offer fresh, “take-out” options, allowing customers to enjoy both a meal and a snack. a treat at the one-stop shop, says Bon.
The food portion is another level of Bon’s expertise, having worked in the restaurant industry for much of his life. Other items will be available in the future, such as freshly squeezed juice.
Part of the creamery’s mission is also to help revitalize the community of St. Marys. Pronto Cafe is in a great location, seeing all the foot traffic downtown.
A vision of Father Miceli, the interior of the Erie Avenue Room exemplifies a modern, eclectic vibe, outfitted with a few tables for patrons, as well as an ice cream bar and even a dining area with a table overlooking the street.
One of the walls features an eye-catching “doodle art” mural, created entirely with a Sharpie marker by local art teacher Liz Scacchitti, featuring ice cream and local slogans and words.
The cafe will also offer outdoor seating, Bon said, as well as a drive-thru window in the future. BCC also plans to participate in local events.
BCC also has a partnership with Dan Smith Candy Company. Four out of five stores sell ice cream from the dairy.
Creating ice cream is also something Bon really enjoys, having the chance to experiment and create new staples and flavors, like “Mermaid’s Tail,” for example. It’s nice to offer customers something unique that they may not have tried before.
Ice cream flavors will also change with the seasons. Currently, fall flavors like Pumpkin, Maple Nut, and Caramel Butter Pecan are available.
Visit Brandy Camp Creamery on Facebook for updates, or call 814-299-6732 for more information.