You might be tempted to put your ice cream on Instagram during a trip to the newest sweets shop in the metro-east.
Scoops Ice Cream in Belleville puts a modern twist on classic milkshakes and ice cream by adding cereal and colorful toppings to your cups and cones.
How does a Fruity Pebbles milkshake sound? Even if you’re not into cereal, the ice cream shop offers candy, cookie, popcorn and fresh fruit toppings, too.
“It’s no fun just having plain ice cream,” co-owner Rayneshia Garrett said. “Kids like it because they get to decorate their own.”
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Located at 8205 W. Main St., Scoops opened in late July with a colorful menu. The shop is open from 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Want to go? Here’s everything you need to know about Scoops:
What’s on the menu
From vanilla, chocolate and strawberry to modern classics like cookies-n-creme and birthday cake ice cream, Scoops offers 12 flavors at $2.75 for one scoop. Rainbow toppings are 75 cents each.
And if you’d rather sip on your ice cream, the shop offers hand crafted milkshakes for $3.50. The shop has a banana pudding shake with crushed vanilla wafers on the rim. Sweet.
Scoops has nachos ($4) and pickles ($1.75) on the menu, too.
Two Belleville residents own the ice cream shop.
Jasmine Brooks, a East Saint Louis Senior High School graduate and Rayneshia Garrett, a Belleville West graduate, grew up in the metro-east.
Both left jobs at AT&T to start their businesses. The women worked together when Brooks launched her first restaurant, Seafood by Crushed Velvet, in downtown Belleville.
This isn’t the first time an ice cream shop has occupied the storefront on West Main Street. West End Creamery had a seasonal shop there until it closed, leaving a void in the neighborhood.
“The west end of Belleville didn’t have an ice cream shop,” Garrett said. “There was no place for kids to hang out or for families to have fun.”
On a recent Thursday, residents in the area said it’s nice to have an ice cream shop in the neighborhood again.
Garrett and Brooks also plan to make the shop a destination for coffee and doughnuts. They’ll add breakfast to the menu in the fall, Garrett said.
When breakfast begins, shop hours will be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Scoops is closed Mondays.