Just months after making the jump from pop-up to brick-and-mortar in Carytown, a local ice cream shop is ready for seconds on the Southside.
NarWhals Rolled Ice Cream is preparing to open a second location in Stony Point Fashion Park.
Owner Raul Henriquez started the business last summer as a cart in Carytown and in February opened a brick-and-mortar shop at 3313-B W. Cary St.
Henriquez said after securing the Carytown location, he immediately started looking for additional locations.
“We quickly realized our customers were traveling from all parts, a lot coming from the Chesterfield area,” he said.
NarWhals will open in suite 143 at Stony Point, a 1,000-square-foot space across from the new H&M store, which opened last year.
The mall, which recently lost restaurant tenants Chipotle and Anchor Bar, has mostly sit-down options for dining. Henriquez said the lack of nearby competition made Stony Point a good option.
“We noticed that Stony Point had no ice cream concept at the moment and we would be a perfect match since the location we obtained was right in front of a water fountain/kids play area,” Henriquez said.
NarWhals serves rolled ice cream, also known as Thai ice cream, which is made by pouring a base cream onto a surface chilled below 0 degrees. After it hardens, it’s scraped into rolls.
The Stony Point shop likely will open in early May, and Henriquez said he may continue to look for more locations.
“We have already begun scouting different markets early this year where NarWhals would make a great fit. The system we have in place now can be easily replicated,” he said.
NarWhals is at least the second rolled ice cream shop in the local market. Last fall, Cold Platform opened in Short Pump.
Elsewhere in the local sweets market, national brand Kilwins, which serves ice cream, fudge and other treats, is preparing to open a location at 3115 W. Cary St., a few blocks east from NarWhals in Carytown.