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Ice cream shop a real sweet spot in community

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Fourteen years ago, Pat Friesen and Roy Rudachek purchased Spotted Cow, a lively ice cream shop located at 27 Red River Blvd. in Riverbend.


Inside the shop are caricatures of famous people and menu items displayed using a hilarious play on words that incorporate dairy and cow terms. They credit the success of their business to offering outstanding customer service, large portions, and using high quality products.


Riley, their grandson and employee, helps to maintain the cleanliness of the shop. Pat spoke about how special all of the employees have been to their business over the years. One former employee who now has a career working with autistic children wanted to work a few shifts at Spotted Cow because she missed the job.


They have formed a strong connection with some families they serve on a regular basis. Pat told a story about a well-grounded girl who is now 13 who brought them flowers when they opened for the season. When the girl was younger, she drew Pat a picture which was hung on the wall. The girl was very proud her artwork was on display in "her ice cream shop" and she brought her cousins into the shop to see it.  


Pat and Roy have maintained a very loyal customer base by offering something for everyone.


"Seniors love Maple Walnut and we always try to keep it in stock," Pat shared, "and for those who are health conscious, they can have the sugar and lactose free ice cream in a small cone."


Children love the flavour burst cone because of the vibrant colours that surround vanilla soft serve. A popular new menu item this summer is the cow float which is made with Coca-Cola and vanilla soft serve which comes in a retro-style glass customers can keep.


A lot of customers really like hard ice cream and when a customer’s favourite flavour is out of stock, their contact information can be added to the Spotted Cow’s little black book. An employee will then contact them when the flavour is replenished.


With the summer in full swing, Spotted Cow is packed with families. Pat and Roy are looking forward to retirement and slowing down in the near future but are embracing every busy moment until then.


Please note, the Spotted Cow accepts cash only and has an ATM on site. Be sure to ask for a rain cheque on a sunny day to redeem for 10% off your purchase on a rainy day.


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There will be a public hearing regarding a proposed subdivision and rezoning for the south side of Ridgecrest Avenue between Main Street and Red River Boulevard on Mon., July 23 at 510 Main St. at 5 p.m.


For more information contact Scatliff & Miller & Murray at 927-3444 or city planner Noah Yauk at 986-4560.


Christina Hiebert is a community correspondent for Riverbend and Rivergrove. You can contact her at christina.hiebert@gmail.com.

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