KENT ISLAND, Md. — The economic impact of the pandemic is enormous and it's forcing some otherwise unusual changes from local shops. One is to open an ice cream store right before winter begins!
Nikki Neboshynsky and her husband Nick own the Tasty Toucan Ice Cream and More on Kent Island. Nick is busy with his own contracting company, while Nikki is the CEO, well actually she's more than that. She calls herself the "Chief Tasty Officer."
The couple had plans to open in April, but that got pushed back to an October opening. The only thing harder than selling ice cubes to eskimos would be to open an ice cream parlor, during a pandemic, in the middle of winter.
"I know covid is a thing, I know I probably should postpone this, but I said "I can't"," said Nikki Neboshynsky.
So, with more than a half dozen dairy farms on the shore, they decided to use Chesapeake Bay Farms. Their ice cream is homemade with natural ingredients, but the popsicles they make, in store, are getting a lot of attention.
While the ice cream is certainly why people come here, another attraction is the location.
"There's a lot of character here and a lot of personalities and a lot uniqueness to the area," said Nikki.
The response has been great, they may have to do some adjustments for summer.