DOVER, N.H. — Shaker Pond Ice Cream opened its first New Hampshire scoop shop on Thursday.
One of the owners of the homemade ice cream business, Ryan Whitten, said since their Maine stores are doing well, they decided to open up their third shop — on the business’s fifth anniversary.
Whitten and his business partner, Dave Swett, began Shaker Pond Ice Cream in 2008 in Alfred, Maine, and later opened a second location in Sanford, Maine.
The ice cream is made in Sanford and is also shipped to more than 70 stores in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont.
Fiddlehead Farms is one of the stores they sell their pints, quarts and pies to. Whitten said the owners of this specialty store asked them if they would like to open a window shop on the side of their building.
“We decided to give it a shot,” Whitten said.
From now until June 1, if customers buy Shaker Pond products in Fiddlehead Farms, they will receive 50 percent off an ice cream at the window.
The manager of Shaker Pond’s Dover location, Nikki Healey, who has worked with the company since it opened in her hometown of Alfred, said she has stuck with the company because they are good people to work for and offer a great work environment.
The new location is looking to hire a handful of scoopers to help with the busy summer season.
The business offers close to 75 different flavors of ice cream and will be selling 24 of them at the Dover store. Healey said they will be rotating flavors throughout the season.
Right now, the shop has all the classics, as well as a few with quirky names, including “The Other Side of 95,” which is their version of Almond Joy.
Shaker Pond has sprinkles, waffle cones, banana splits, sundaes and frappes.
They will be open noon to 9 p.m. seven days a week.
“It’s one of the few businesses where customers you deal with are happy when they come in the door and even happier when they leave,” Whitten said.