When Asheville North Carolina thinks about ice cream, one business in particular comes to mind. The Hop Ice Cream was started in 1978 and was located at 507 Merrimon Avenue (The Woolsey Dip). For many years previous owners ran a successful business in North Asheville. In July of 2007, after operating for years in the deteriorating old location, The Hop was moved one block North to Merrimon Square, 640 Merrimon Ave, in the same shopping center as Circle In the Square Pizza, Zen Sushi, Creme Bakery, Urban Burrito, and Rise & Shine Cafe. One year later, in August of 2008, Greg and Ashley Garrison purchased The Hop Ice Cream Cafe, becoming this Asheville institution’s fifth owners.
Creating local homemade ice cream with innovative flavors, including Vegan flavors made with Soy, Almond, Coconut, and even Hemp Milk, is what makes The Hop so special in the Asheville community. Greg and Ashley have also reached out into the doggie dog world with ice cream made especially for our pet family and friends (four-legged friends). Pet lovers from all over Western North Carolina have come to attend the Doggie Socials. In addition to this, their business social networking and media skills are unmatched in the industry. They work day and night making ice cream, hosting and attending events, and helping (sponsoring) benefits. Then they go home around midnight and jump online to plant some more seed in the cyber world. This is more than just a business to them. Ice Cream and the Asheville community is what they live for.
Now, something even more special is about to happen. Greg and Ashley, who live in West Asheville are about to open a new location for The Hop at 721 Haywood Rd, in the former Two Spoons location on October 15, 2010. The westside is evolving in a wonderfully hip and chic way, with lots of great shops and restaurants. On top of this, there is the walkability factor that allows residents and visitors alike to spend a lot of time shopping and walking around West AVL. The Hop is very excited to be a part of the business micro-community of West Asheville. Ice Cream is the perfect dessert choice of children and adults alike, and The Hop has supplied it to the community without fail.
Mark your calendars for October 15th as “The Hop West” is going to have a Grand Opening. Music, friends and free kiddie scoops of ice cream will be available for all! The celebration goes from 1-11pm. For more information about The Hop Ice Cream Cafe in Asheville, please visit their website …http://thehopicecreamcafe.com
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