Cone Home scoopin' up flavor
Rockland — When Susan Schiro was asked what she would do if her then T-shirt business did not exist she answered "run an ice cream shop."
Now three years later that is precisely what she is doing with Cone Home on North Main Street in Rockland, serving 33 flavors of Round Top Ice Cream including sorbets, lactose-free and sugar-free varieties. Some of the flavors include Eagle Tracks made of vanilla ice cream with Oreos and Reese's peanut butter cups, pistachio with real nuts, black raspberry, and Coffee Heath Bar Crunch.
The parlor has seven employees who scoop ice cream, whip up frappes, and construct their signature sundaes using baked goods like sticky buns, "sinny" buns, whoopie pies, and chocolate chip cookie bowls. All the baked goods that go into the sundaes are made at the sister restaurant, Home Kitchen Cafe.
"I thought of the name and concept about three years ago," said Schiro about the logo and the name tie-in with the cafe, which she also owns with husband James Hatch.
"Cone Home ... phone home ... I was just throwing words around in my head," she joked.
The parlor was home to a hair salon prior to some renovations with tables and chairs added for air-conditioned seating.
Cone Home is open Sundays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 15.