RYE, N.Y. - For most ice cream shops the change in the seasons usually marks a change in revenue streams and subsequently hours of operation. After all, who gets ice cream cravings when it's twenty degrees outside? Longford's lovers that's who.
"I think it's the freshness of the ice cream," Longford's employee Kim Irwin said when asked why Longford's is a place that bucks the norm.
"The fact that we're a tiny parlor, that attracts people too," Longford's Angela Vita added.
Longford's Own Made Ice Cream was started in Port Chester in 1992 by Patricia and Nolan West of Westport, Connecticut. It began as a scoop shop on Midland avenue with a small manufacturing area in the back and has since grown into three scoop shops in Rye, Larchmont, and Old Greenwich, CT and a manufacturing headquarters in Port Chester.
"My husband was passionate about ice cream," Patricia West said shrugging at Longford's Port Chester headquarters. "The was a need in the area for homemade ice cream, so we saw real opportunity here."
According to West, the Port Chester scoop shop was moved to Rye in 1995 and is now owned by Longford's licensees and siblings Bob and Christina Vita. Bob and Christina's cousin Angela, has worked at the Rye scoop shop for seven years.
"We're run by family, so people really feel welcome when they come in," Angela Vita said.
Vita and owner Patricia West both pointed to one flavor as the consensus holiday favorite.
"Peppermint stick," Vita said looking at a nodding Irwin. West confirmed the two girls sentiment.
"We used to just offer it at the holidays," West said, "But people continued to ask for it, so we started doing it year round."
Longford's cinnamon flavor is also a big holiday hit, while special offers like their Christmas yule logs sell like hot cakes. Longford's yule logs consist of two flavors of ice cream, usually peppermint stick and vanilla, molded into a log and separated by a layer of gooey fudge.
"We sold at least over 150 (in Rye) this year," Irwin said.
In addition, Longford's offers ice cream pies, cartons of every flavor, and decorative holiday ice cream cakes. For more information regarding Longford's Own Made ice cream visit their website at longfordsicecream.com
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