Former food truck Gypsy Scoops now has a brick and mortar space on Fort Worth's growing Race Street corridor, where owner Julie Markley has transformed a vintage bungalow into a central kitchen and retail spot.
A mobile caterer since 2012 serving 16 flavors of ice cream, Markley quietly opened the parlor just outside downtown Fort Worth in September, in a 1,400-square-foot wooden bungalow built in 1918.
Markley was running two trucks, and was becoming overwhelmed with requests for large events. "I was looking for a more central kitchen location, never thinking that a public storefront would also present itself this quickly," she says.
Her ice cream flavors include chocolate peanut-butter, banana pudding, coconut, Dreamsicle, mocha fudge, and Mexican vanilla.
In addition, Gypsy Scoops also offers a selection of hard-to-find candy and sweets including nostalgic, childhood favorites such as Whoopie Pies, Charleston Chews, Pop Rocks, bulk jelly beans, and taffy.
Now settled in her space, where she's open to the public Tuesdays-Saturdays 12-8 pm and Sunday 1-6 pm, she's unleashed some specials for the holiday that go beyond a simple ice cream cone.
There are hot cocoa floats and red velvet cake Belgian waffles with peppermint ice cream, at $5 each. There are ice cream pies for $12.99, topped with frozen "whipped topping" and nestled on a crushed graham cracker crust, in flavors such as pumpkin pecan, peppermint, and banana pudding. Adult versions can be had in spiked flavors such as vanilla ice cream with Bailey’s Irish Cream, and vanilla ice cream with Kahlua.