I stopped into Benino Gelato, (the Italian ice cream shop) the other day to have a chat with Carrie Holub who, along with her husband Brad, is the new owner of this Comox staple. I was very happy to see Ruth still there making sure her regulars were well served and that things were running smoothly as usual. Carrie and Brad bought the business and took over May 10th of this year. They decided to buy in order to become a part the community and I can’t think of a better way than to scoop out delicious treats for child and adult alike. From a sweet and creamy Chocolate to rich Vanilla to a nice, tart Key Lime Pie the flavours are rich and delicious!
With trepidation I asked Carrie if she was planning any changes, (please don’t change the Vanilla!) and was relieved to hear that she plans to add, not subtract, from all the great stuff on the menu. Her thoughts on food are close to my heart with simple, home style cooking and the addition of soups to compliment the great panini offered already. Look for seasonal additions as well in the gelato forum with perhaps a pumpkin spice come Halloween.
Carrie is a visual artist and, when I asked her if she planned changes with the décor, she mentioned textures and natural materials such as wood tables and, possibly, a counter of similar material will make their way into the overall look of the café. I see what she means as I think about our beautiful surroundings, wood is more in keeping with our environment.
Carrie enjoys the interaction of all ages from the seniors at Berwick next door to the local, beaming and happy children at that most revered of establishment; the ice cream parlor. Benino Gelato has been a staple of the Comox Valley community and under the guidance of Carrie and her husband and the steady hand of Ruth (the mother of the former owner, Aline) will continue to be so far into the future.
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