Port Moody’s Rocky Point Ice Cream will still be tickling taste buds through trying times after all.
In a message posted to the shop’s social media feeds Tuesday evening, owners Jamie and Yvette Cuthbert said the response to last week’s online sale of its ice cream inventory because it was closing the parlour in Rocky Point Park was so successful, they’re going to keep doing it.
The Cuthberts shuttered the doors on the beloved business they started in 1997 after they said staff were targeted for online criticism and personal harassment following the publication of photos on social media showing a line of customers waiting to get into the shop on a sunny day without respecting social distancing protocols in place because of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
But in their post Tuesday, the Cuthberts said their faith in the community has been restored.
“We received an outpouring of people sharing their love us,” they wrote. “The message from the community as a whole was humbling and really meant the world to us.”
In fact, they added, the online initiative generated so many orders they had to shut it down so staff could catch up.
That staff will now remain employed and busy making ice cream for the next wave of online orders that will be fulfilled with curbside pickups on Friday and Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m. Orders totalling over $30 will even be delivered to customers’ homes, on Friday in Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra, and Sunday in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.
The Cuthberts said they’re taking extra care to ensure the shop’s staff remain safe.