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Colorado City Creamery builds loyal clientele over 30 years

By: HELEN WOLT
July 1, 2009
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photo - Jon Hoe takes a lick of cappucino ice cream that he got from the Old Colorado City Creamery. For thirty years people have been flocking to the Old Colorado City Creamery. Photo by Bryan Oller, The Gazette
Jon Hoe takes a lick of cappucino ice cream that he got from the Old Colorado City Creamery. For thirty years people have been flocking to the Old Colorado City Creamery. Photo by Bryan Oller, The Gazette 

Housed in a historic building on West Colorado Avenue, the Colorado City Creamery hasn't changed in 30 years, and the owners plan to keep it that way.

The ice cream is still handmade in the shop. Customers can watch as the creamy blends are crafted in the kitchen adjacent to the parlor.

The recipes are the same the shop has used since day one, with new flavors such as mango sorbet and chocolate indulgence added to keep the menu current.

Waffle cones by the score come off the griddle each day.

An old-fashioned sundae bar is a fixture in the parlor. Patrons top their own banana splits or simply slather their choice of toppings over scoops of ice cream.

Mark and Carrie Burris bought the business five years ago from founder Bill Grimes. They run the shop with their children Sarah, 20, and Brian, 24.

Sarah Burris, an elementary education major at the University of Northern Colorado, spends her summer vacation cooking up sweets in the tiny workroom. On an average day, she concocts over 100 gallons of ice cream. By hand, she stirs additions such as candy or nuts, into tubs of fresh-churned ice cream.

Brian Burris, a student at Pikes Peak Community College, delivers the commercial orders and works backup wherever needed.

Not surprisingly, steadfast, reliable Colorado City Creamery has fostered a loyal clientele.

"(Customers) tell me, ‘I went on my first date here' and have rented the building for wedding receptions," Carrie Burris said.

Many local restaurants feature the shop's specialty ice creams and sorbets. Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse & Pub sells their Irish Stout ice cream. The Broadmoor has been a regular customer for 20 years and orders a custom vanilla.

To celebrate the store's 30th anniversary, the owner's are adding a new flavor, the Blue Moon, to the menu.

"It's based on an old Midwestern ice cream," Carrie Burris said. People say it tastes mildly fruity like the milk in the bottom of a cereal bowl.

A series of sales and special events will run throughout the summer in honor of the anniversary, including:

• Two-cent Tuesdays: Buy an Old Vienna hot dog and a soft drink and get a junior cone for 2 cents.

• Thirty-cent Thursdays: Buy any size cone between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and get a second single scoop cone for 30 cents.

• Anything 30: On the 30th of July, August and September from 1-4 p.m., be creative and name any personal 30-linked thing such as a birthday, a 30-year-old car, 30 days in or out of the military, etc. to win a spin of the prize wheel for free treats

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