Ice cream shop makes play for former Video Fan space

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Scoop will serve ice cream along with products from Whisk bakery. (Whisk/Scoop)

A central Fan storefront is trading DVDs for dairy treats.

The former Video Fan space at 403 Strawberry St. is being taken over by Scoop, a new ice cream shop from Morgan Botwinick, owner of Shockoe Bottom bakery Whisk.

The shop will serve ice cream by the scoop, as well as sundaes, build-your-own ice cream sandwiches, pints and a rotating menu of seasonal flavors, as well as gluten- and dairy-free options.

Scoop’s menu will feature some of Whisk’s items, including cookies for ice cream sandwiches and cake for ice cream cakes.

“I’m also going to work in croissants somehow,” Botwinick said.

Botwinick, who opened Whisk in 2015, hadn’t been actively looking for another location when she came across the Strawberry Street storefront, left vacant this summer when Video Fan closed after 31 years in business.

Morgan Botwinick

Morgan Botwinick

“I had a loose idea, but wasn’t sure,” she said. “I’m happy to take a neighborhood gem and bring something new.”

Broker Elliot Warsof of S.L. Nusbaum handled the lease for the two-floor building, which is being converted into shell space. Scoop will be downstairs, with the upstairs used for storage and office space.

Scoop aims to open in early spring 2018. Botwinick said Whisk will continue operating as usual.

It’s at least the second sweets shop to land on Strawberry Street in recent months. In August, Idle Hands Bread Co. opened next door at 407 Strawberry St.

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Siri Wiggins
Siri Wiggins
4 years ago

Congratulations, Morgan!