Ice cream, fresh fruit, and decadent pizza all in one place. Whaaaat?
Milky Way Ice Cream , featuring Kawartha Dairy products, opened on May 6, 2015. It wasn’t their target date, but after setting up, Barry and Franklin Hayes opened the doors anticipating an impromptu soft launch. In no time people were popping in, announcing it’s existence on Social, and the boys were run off their feet.
I first met the Hayes’ last year when they set up their Farm to Table fresh produce stand at the corner of Queen St. E and Kent. I immediately liked them and would stop by to pick up plump strawberries, tomatoes, corn, and whatever else was in season at the time. A big part was to chat and soak in their vibe, they were always genuinely happy to see me.
After running the local produce stand they decided they wanted a more permanent place, the hunt was on and Milky Way was born.
Good news, they will be bringing local, fresh fruit to the store very soon, so if you miss those strawberries you can get your fix at Milky Way.
Every three weeks they feature a local artist on their gallery wall. In keeping with their philosophy of supporting local, they do not take a commission.
They offer a frequent buyer program, buy ten cones get one free, and for every 10 cones they sell, they plant a seedling via the Grey Bruce Forestry Service.
I’m not a huge ice cream eater, I’d rather consume my calories in savory items or beer, but I enjoyed the Moose Tracks, Kawartha Dairy’s signature flavor, and a couple of the boy’s faves. Franklin likes the coffee gelato and Barry is keen on the salted caramel. I’m voting for the Moose Tracks with it’s mini peanut butter cups and fudge swirled into a premium vanilla ice cream, followed by the salted caramel. Sorry Franklin.
I’m super excited that they will soon, hopefully by August, have their Chicago style hybrid Pizza Thick available. Barry, having made it for over 20 years, describes it as a deep dish pie with sauce, thick layer of toppings, and cheese on top baked to a nice crispy crust. The traditional Chicago style has the cheese in the pie with sauce on top.
There will be a few popular flavors available in a one size 15″ pie as well as individual squares.
I predict these pizzas will be flying out the door.
This combo of offerings may sound familiar to Leslieville but the prices, atmosphere, and service will surely keep Milky Way around for a long time.
Together for 22 years, Barry and Franklin celebrated their first wedding anniversary in June