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“The ultimate ice cream experience”

Cold Stone Creamery employee Paul Diamond creates a delectable masterpiece of “Cookie Doughn’t You Want Some” ice cream. - Photo by Kassie Korich
Cold Stone Creamery employee Paul Diamond creates a delectable masterpiece of “Cookie Doughn’t You Want Some” ice cream.
— image credit: Photo by Kassie Korich

“Silverdale doesn’t need a Cold Stone Creamery, they want one — and the lines out the door are evidence I was right,” said Kirk Loudon, co-franchisee of the new Silverdale Cold Stone Creamery.

And right he was.

Kirk and his brother Devin recently opened their second Cold Stone Creamery at the corner of Mickelberry and Bucklin Hill Roads across from Austin Chase Coffee in Silverdale, the first opened last year in Downtown Bremerton at the Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside.

Cold Stone Creamery is not your average scoop-out-of-the-tub ice cream, with sweet creations made right in front of the customer. The ice cream itself is made onsite with a plethora of additions to choose from. A number of ingredients can be added ranging from fruit to pie fillings.

Even the Cold Stone Originals, which are made up of named ingredients, start with ice cream and are transformed into a delectable treat right there on the cold granite slab. For example the “Cookie Doughn’t You Want Some” selection begins with French vanilla ice cream. Added to the ice cream which is mixed on the cold granite is cookie dough, chocolate chips, fudge and caramel.

“It’s super-premium ice cream, you’re not finding anything like this in the grocery store,” Kirk said.

Other tasty selections include such varieties as “Our Strawberry Blonde” which is made with strawberry ice cream, strawberries, caramel, graham cracker pie crust and whipped topping and “At the Cocoa Banana Cabana,” which is mixed with banana ice cream, bananas, yellow cake, fudge and whipped topping.

“‘Oh, my God’ is the number one reaction we get,” said Kirk of the reaction of those who have never tried Cold Stone Creamery before.

The brothers, who are five years apart, grew up in the local area graduating from Olympic High School. Kirk graduated in 1984, Devin in 1989. They weren’t always in the ice cream business, although growing up Kirk did serve as a manager for Baskin-Robbins.

For these two, before ice cream came golf.

Kirk and Devin were the co-owners of Northwest Driving Range on State Route 303 and had owned Rocket Golf, the golf shop as well as the coffee stand. They spent seven years in the golf business before their business partner took over the range completely.

“We knew we were getting out of golf ... we were looking for something else to do,” Kirk said of the reason for them becoming Cold Stone franchisees.

He and Devin were at Southcenter Mall in Tukwila having dinner when Kirk looked across the parking lot at the Cold Stone Creamery. He said his initial thought was, “What are you going to do that Baskin-Robbins hasn’t done already?”

After walking across the street and seeing how busy the store was, he and Devin decided to once again go into business together and now Kirk can answer the question he initially asked himself.

“We make the ice cream here everyday and it’s not shipped on a truck,” he said of the difference between Cold Stone Creamery and other ice cream shops. “It’s premium, it’s the total ice cream experience.”

For Kirk, it’s being able to sell something that people like and want that makes it all worthwhile for him.

“You have to buy gas, you have to guy clothes, but you buy ice cream because it’s fun,” he said.

The store also specializes in ice cream cakes which Kirk says is a definite hit at holiday parties.

For more information about Cold Stone Creamery selections, call the Silverdale store at (360) 692-7719 or visit www.coldstonecreamery.com.

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