For Dalton’s Christy and Matt Kinsey, a vacation to Florida a few years ago turned into a life- changing experience, and it all happened because they decided to grab some ice cream.
“It was the first time I’d had Bruster’s, and I thought it was the best ice cream I’d ever eaten,” recalled Christy Kinsey.
She found out why.
“It isn’t shipped in. It’s made on the spot,” she said.
Matt Kinsey had his own construction firm, and the two didn’t have any experience in the restaurant industry. Still, they thought Dalton would be a perfect place for a Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, so last year they bought a franchise and Matt went to company headquarters in Pennsylvania for several weeks of training.
“It was a lot of 10- and 12-hour days, but they really made sure he knew what he needed to know,” Christy said.
The couple opened a Bruster’s at 1307 Dug Gap Road a few weeks ago and business quickly took off.
“I think people are familiar with Bruster’s now. There’s one in Calhoun and they are in Chattanooga,” Christy said.
The location is right near all the restaurants on West Walnut Avenue, and she said people will often eat supper, then come to Bruster’s to pick up dessert.
Bruster’s offers more than 140 flavors. Some are seasonal, such as pumpkin and apple dumpling, which are available now. Others, such as vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, are offered every day. All told, Bruster’s has about 24 flavors available every day, including no-sugar added and fat-free flavors.
It also offers ice cream cakes and pies, shakes, blasts and floats.
“It’s all made right here. It isn’t brought in from somewhere else,” Christy said.
Bruster’s Dalton hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 9 p.m.