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I SCREAM,
YOU SCREAM
Eldon business serves up sweet treats
one scoop at a time
by Paul Newton | pnewton@ruralmissouri.coop

ferson City as well as restaurants, grocery stores and convenience stores across Missouri.
Shannon had previously been in the ice cream busihe sweet smell hits immediately. It's from the 30
ness with a shop. "It didn't work out. We were selling
tubs of ice cream or maybe the fresh-baked, handother people's ice cream; it was the same stuff that other
made waffle cone just waiting for the perfect scoop.
people were selling," he says. "I knew we had to stick out
Or two or three scoops, if you're going to be honest
and have our own brand. We were going to make our ice
with yourself.
"You can't leave here in a bad mood or
cream, create flavors, make it a different experience and
have a better environment."
frustrated," says owner Shannon Imler. "If
you're frustrated or upset before you come
Shannon found the perfect home for his vision
here, when you take your first bite or walk in
in the 14,000-square-foot former cheese plant in
and smell the scoop shop, you're already feeling
his hometown of Eldon. The facility was used by
Kraft to make smoked cheeses from the 1930s
better. I haven't met anyone who doesn't like ice
Eldon
to 1970s. It was in rough shape in 2018 when
cream. Everyone is our customer."
Shannon acquired it.
Shannon and his team have been dishing
"The roof had peeled off and was flapping
up delicious scoops of ice cream, creamy milkin the wind," he says. "It needed a ton of work.
shakes and unique sundaes at the Ice Cream
We were able to buy it at a low price and then spend
Factory since opening in April 2019. The downtown Eldon
the money we saved investing in our business and
facility produces all of the Ice Cream Factory's sweet treats
community."
for sale at an on-property shop, a second location in Jef-

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