The best cure for the summer heat is a cold treat.
Local parlors are open to serve Barnwell County with the best medicine for the summer months– ice cream. Here’s the full scoop on some local favorites.
The Scoop House
444 Main St., Blackville
Hours of Operation:
Thursday & Friday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Blackville’s ice cream scene became a lot sweeter with the introduction of The Scoop House.
Tykesha Jenkins opened The Scoop House in 2021. She wanted to fulfill her dream of owning an ice cream shop while introducing Blackville to things not previously offered in the area.
“I always love visiting other areas and going to the local ice cream shop,” said Jenkins. “I love to offer people what I enjoy, too. So, when I first started coming up with my menu, I was doing it really for the community. I basically tried to figure out what we didn't have in Blackville.”
The Scoop House serves ice cream in all forms, from milkshakes to sundaes, and in cones, cups, and even jars. According to Jenkins, Scoop Jars are one of her best sellers.
Scoop Jars are true to their name– ice cream in a souvenir jar topped with decadent treats of your desire.
“That is one of the reasons why I have a lot of people coming from different areas, because the scoop jars are something that's not offered around the area,” said Jenkins.
The Scoop House began as only serving ice cream until Jenkins noticed a growing demand by the community for expansion.
“I'm selling just as many hot dogs as I am ice cream,” said Jenkins. “I only opened an ice cream shop, and people would ask, ‘Are you selling anything else?’ So, the hot dogs were just an add on.”
This add on quickly grew in popularity and people are drawn to The Scoop House just to try a Scoop Dog.
“I'm very overwhelmed by seeing people that aren't even from Blackville coming, and seeing them more than once, and of course the local people that come every time,” said Jenkins.
In this new endeavor, Jenkins stuck to her initial goal of making things she enjoys easily accessible to be enjoyed by others.
“I kind of went from that and offered what you can't always go get in Blackville,” she said. “I enjoy a good hot dog, chili, toppings, and a good drink.”
Aside from running a business, Jenkins is a hair stylist, the Blackville recreation director, and served on the Blackville-Hilda Board of Education for the last two years.
If not for the ice cream or the hot dogs, visit The Scoop House for a touch of local history.
“The actual building that it's in has been there since the late 1800s,” said Jenkins, who explained there is an old well in the front of the building.
“I'm actually working out of a building that my grandmother used to actually pump water from that well when she was a child,” said Jenkins. “The history of being right there in that location means a lot to me.”
12935 Main St., Williston
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
A visit to Morgan’s Drugs will have you leaving with more than a prescription. Serving 16 flavors that can be shaken or dipped in a waffle or sugar cone, ice cream is a staple of the pharmacy.
Owner Lloyd Morgan’s family established the business in 1939, and currently serves Gilbert, Williston, and Batesburg.
“We had another location in Springfield for years and we had been there since 1939. So, when we opened up here in Williston, we just incorporated the ice cream idea,” said Morgan.
While the traditional vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate are offered, Morgan’s Drugs has a wide range of Hershey’s ice cream. Some of the flavors offered are cotton candy, cookies and cream, Superman, peach, butter pecan, and banana pudding.
“The Superman ice cream, that’s a big seller with the kids,” said Morgan, who noted cotton candy as another popular flavor.
All can be spun into a milkshake or hand-dipped in something else sweet held in a waffle or sugar cone.
“We sell a lot of ice cream, especially this time of the year,” said Morgan. “We keep somebody on staff just for ice cream.”
Morgan not only sells ice cream because it is good for business, he sells it to connect with the community.
“It gives me an opportunity to talk about people's healthcare needs, about where they're getting their medicines from, or if they have a concern about some of the medicines that they take,” said Morgan.
Morgan finds ice cream can be a great conversation starter to discuss both individual matters and community happenings.
“It's a good place for a conversation not just about what's going on, but about their healthcare needs,” said Morgan.
“A lot of times they're getting ice cream while they're picking their medicine up. So, it gives me an opportunity to find out a little bit about my customers and find out what's going on with them,” he said. “The ice cream is an opportunity to reach out to them and talk about what's going on in their life.”
Candyland on Main
540 Main St., Barnwell
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Thursday: 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Owner Toni Hutchins opened Candyland on Main less than a year ago in September 2021. In this time, she has built a business that serves a wide range of sweet treats for all ages.
Hutchins lived in Michigan for 14 years in a town smaller than Barnwell that had “ice cream parlors and hand dipped ice cream parlors almost every quarter block,” she said.
She noticed the asset these establishments were in Michigan and wanted to bring the same thing to Barnwell. Not only was she inspired by another rural region, but she has always been drawn to the idea of owning an ice cream shop.
“I took computer design in high school a long time ago when they taught you codes on how to design. I designed a little ice cream parlor,” said Hutchins.
When the opportunity arose in summer 2021, Hutchins met with the previous owner and two days later wrote a check. Now, almost a year later she is serving up scoops and shakes in many flavors.
“I try to come up with creative specials every month to give customers something different to look at,” said Hutchins. For July’s specials, Candyland on Main is offering an all-American sundae, pistachio bowl, cookie cookie shake, banana foster supreme, and cookie monster sundae complete with eyes and a cookie-mouth.
These specials change each month along with a handful of Hershey Ice Cream flavors.
“They're loving Superman this summer, they also like the name,” said Hutchins. “It’s banana, strawberry, and blue moon, which is this tropical flavor.”
“We always order four new ones each month,” said Hutchins. In June, she ordered coconut ice cream and made piña colada shakes.
Although the menu may slightly change month to month, her customers stay consistent.
“We have quite a few regulars, and it's what keeps us open during storms and in the wintertime,” said Hutchins. “I’m not going to lie, it's kind of rough when you get close to your break-even point or under that, but our regulars make it to where we can stay open and be here for the community.”
To reciprocate this community support, Hutchins aims to give back when possible.
“We try to incorporate things that will be helpful for the community,” said Hutchins. “We try to offer something free to start with like free scoops or what-not. I have little coupons that I give out.”
Hutchins explains although hers is not one of the larger Barnwell businesses, she aims to donate “Candyland-sized things.”
In addition to a slew of ice creams served in a waffle bowl, waffle cone, sugar cone, or dish, Candyland on Main serves both hot and iced coffee.
Flavors like toasted marshmallow, sugar cookie, sweet cream, vanilla cannoli créme, peppermint mocha, and brown sugar cinnamon can all be added to a coffee.
Candyland on Main can also help you celebrate birthdays with their three birthday party packages. Each comes with hot dogs, bingo, and a cake or sundaes depending on the package.