Saturday, May 7, 2011

Coming Home to the Inn

We have officially announced that Sweet Peaks will have a second location this summer but I haven't had a chance to describe just how happy this new location truly makes me.

The little town of Bigfork is my hometown and that alone makes opening a Sweet Peaks there quite special. But, it gets better. Sweet Peaks Ice Cream will be located inside the historic Bigfork Inn where I lived for the first 11 years of my life. Yes, I came home to the Bigfork Inn straight from the hospital, learned to walk on the dance floor, learned to enjoy food in the restaurant's kitchen and loved every minute of it. What will be the Sweet Peaks entrance was once my front door and the dipping cabinet and our front counters are smack in the middle of what used to be my kitchen. My first bedroom? It is now our freezer room. As you can imagine, my memories in this building are plenty. I could go on and on about every nook and cranny in this old building and there are a LOT of nooks and crannies. Now, all those  nooks and crannies in my old home are getting a makeover and starting to look amazing.

Here is a little sneak peak of what Sam has been doing in Bigfork to turn my old childhood home into an ice cream shop. He really does all the work himself and that makes the whole process so much  more rewarding. This is what the hands of Sam have built so far (I did a lot of the painting!):


Our logo will go on this front counter.


Once a kitchen and now an ice cream counter.



I love these stools. Love them!



This breakfast nook is now our stool spot.


There is a whole lot of white paint going on but that will change when we add the Sweet Peaks' homemade details. It looks good already but it looks even better with the before and after pictures. Sam has put lots of work into this restoration and his unique handmade ideas are as usual incredible. Check out these milk bottle lights he has been experimenting with at our house.
I might have to leave this at my house.
This renovation and Bigfork expansion has been lots of fun (and lots of hard work for Sam). It is true what they say that the second time around is always easier. We now know what works and what doesn't in a shop and we learn more each and every day. Get excited Bigfork. This is one super cute shop with the best ice cream in the valley.