Siblings serve up sweet scoops in Andover
A brother and sister team in Andover are fulfilling their father’s dream of operating an ice cream shop.
Kate’s Kones, located at 52 Main Street in Andover, officially opened on Father’s Day.
The ice cream parlor, operated by Izaak and Kate Mills, serves Gifford’s ice cream in cones, sundaes, floats and frappes.
Izaak is a business major at St. Joseph’s College and Kate is going to be a senior this fall at Mountain Valley. Both were seeking summer jobs while their father, Brian, had dreamed of opening an ice cream shop for years.
With a building he owned on Main Street available, work began in early May to transform what was a former hardware store into an ice cream parlor.
Izaak manages the financial and ordering while Kate is the main scooper, decorator, and marketer.
Kate’s offers sorbet, yogurt and no fat, no sugar in addition to trendy flavors including the very popular Campfire S’mores, which tastes like its name implies, Muddy Boots, and Fly Fishing Fudge.
More traditional flavors are accented with Moose Tracks, Cookie Dough, Cake Batter, Cotton Candy, Chocolate Lovers Chocolate, Roadrunner Raspberry, and many others. A new offering is a Peanut Butter Carmel Cookie Dough, which Kate says is “amazing.”
Beyond the usual hot fudge and brownie sundae options, they have created specialty sundaes like The Happy Camper and the App-Elation Trail, along with their take of a banana split – the Nana Banana – in memory of their Nana, Dottie Mills.
Dog lovers can order a vanilla doggy dish to go, complete with a doggie bone treat.
On Kate’s Kones Facebook page people can take the favorite flavor survey and be entered into a drawing for a free ice cream cone. She also posts new items and updates frequently.
The shop offers a 12-person seating area, but seating is also available outside. A mother fox and four kits often play in the Town’s sand pile, giving customers a chance to watch and take photos as they eat.
The shop will soon offer Loyalty Cards. Customers will be able to request a card and each time they purchase a regular cone, their card will be punched. Their 10th purchase will entitle them to a free regular cone, or they may choose a Kate’s Kones AES loyalty card with the cost of their 10th cone donated to the Andover School activity fund, benefiting the children attending AES. There will be other loyalty card options in the near future.
Kate’s hours are 7 days a week, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., but if the ice cream light is on earlier or later, customers are still welcome.
For information about hosting an event or birthday party at Kate’s Kones, private message Kate and Izaak on Facebook.