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Loveland sees a new ice cream parlor, Paradice Cream
Paradice Cream, a new ice cream parlor in Loveland, is serving homemade ice cream out of its new store on Sculptor Drive.
Opened in September after a number of setbacks, some stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the shop is the brainchild of Jeff Bernhardt and his mother Kim.
Kim Bernhardt is the former owner of a downtown Loveland staple, the Quick-Print Shop, which she sold in 2019 to Allegra Marketing Print Mail after 58 years of ownership.
Bernhardt also owns All-In-One Computer Services, not far from where he now cooks up concoctions like Southern Bourbon Butter Pecan and dairy-free Peanut Butter Swirl.
"I live and sleep running businesses," Bernhardt between countless offers of samples ranging from Strawberry Lemonade to Mint Chocolate Chunk. "I just have to manage my time well. I have to sit back and go 'these are the days that I'm in my IT field, giving 100% to my IT company, and then I have to divide those days when I'm 100% in the ice cream business. I'm up early in the morning, and I'm up late at nights."
The store makes its own waffle cones, and Bernhardt spends long hours at his machines making ice cream, a skill he learned from a friend who has stores as far away as Belize.
Some supplies, like the glass display case that protects the shop's rotating array of flavors, were only finally delivered this week after supply chain bottlenecks held up certain deliveries, A rent-hike at Bernhardt's other business forced a move that delayed opening further.
"I had all of the equipment, I had all the stuff ready to go, so after that year of COVID, when things started to look better, we decided to pull the trigger," he said. "Let's do it now."
Bernhardt said that the new variant doesn't worry him — he expected a slowdown when the delta variant appeared this fall, but customers kept coming in.
"I think people just want to socialize," he said."