Mineral Shakes, the new ice cream shop in the town of Mineral, has brought new life to a building that was severely damaged by the earthquake in August 2011.
The former Bank of Louisa and Mineral Town Office/Department of Motor Vehicles structure required major repairs after the quake but remnants of its former life still remain.
“I’ve had people ask me if I keep the most popular flavors or all my money in the safe,” said Chuck Taylor, who owns the business along with his wife, Kelly. “It’s really just a storage area for us, but it is a prominent feature in the shop.”
Taylor decided to retire from his maintenance job at a local factory and open Mineral Shakes after Sweet Creations closed.
“Kelly was disappointed that after 15 years Mineral lost its only ice cream shop and a popular community gathering place, and she asked if I was ready to give up my job and open one,” he said.
After learning the original location in the Mineral Town Square was already under contract, the couple began looking at other possibilities and selected the former town office.
“It’s a prime location, close to the Mineral Farmers Market, ball field and other complementary businesses,” he said.
The couple approached the town with a plan to not only open the shop, but add a handicap ramp from the parking area below and a deck for more seating. Loudin Building Systems constructed the ramp and deck, which Taylor has named the “5.9 Lounge” and prepared the gravel parking lot behind the building for customers. Additional parking is available in front of the store as well as across the street parallel to the railroad tracks.
To read the entire story, see the July 3 edition of The Central Virginian.