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Sprinklz Ice Cream Parlor and Coffee Shop in Langley: Lots of delicious ice cream treats, espresso drinks and more

Author: Carolyn Tamler

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A couple of months ago WhidbeyLocal.com carried the story about Jennifer Krouse buying the Sassy Siren Business in 2014. As of May 1st, she
Sprinklz owner, Jennifer Krouse (right)

A couple of months ago WhidbeyLocal.com carried the story about Jennifer Krouse buying the Sassy Siren Business in 2014.

As of May 1st, she not only owns a lovely women’s accessories store, she also owns Sprinklz Ice Cream, right next door.

sprinklz2Prior to opening Sassy Siren, Jennifer had owned five coffee shops for 15 years. Even though she was pleased to take over Sassy Siren, she still had a strong desire to own some kind of food and beverage business.

Jennifer had done research and had even developed a business plan for some type of café. As much as she was enjoying Sassy Siren, she still wanted to pursue her dream. She paid attention to talk in the community that people wanted an old fashioned ice cream shop. Several months ago, she formulated her idea for this kind of business and said to herself: “This is going to work.”  She just needed to find an appropriate place in Langley.

In October last year, the space adjacent to Sassy Siren became available. Jennifer talked with the landlord who was excited by the idea of an ice cream store there, and the papers for the additional space were quickly signed. Jennifer decided she could make the best use of the two locations by moving Sassy Siren next door, where she could expand to 600 square feet, and using the 400 square foot location for her new ice cream parlor.sprinklz3

Next, she needed to decide on the items she would offer for sale at Sprinklz. “I tried 12 different kinds of ice cream before I settled on Cascade Glacier Ice Cream which is an extra premium brand.”  Jennifer also decided she needed more than just being an ice cream store to create a successful business. She chose to create a retro novelty ice cream parlor offering many items not offered elsewhere including an old-style atmosphere where people could get sundaes, milk shakes, malts, floats and fruit smoothies, as well as a full line of coffee and espresso drinks. She is continuing to add lots of silly, fun items to her novelty shelves.

sprinklz4She provides Sprinklz on all of her ice cream items, and one of her most popular items has been vanilla ice cream cones just for dogs that include a small dog biscuit on top of the ice cream.

Right now, Sprinklz is the only store open till 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights in Langley, and Jennifer is pleased that many people mention they are stopping by after going to the movies, a play or some performance at WICA.

Sprinklz is open seven days a week, and is located right next to Sassy Siren, at 109 1st Street in Langley. Current hours are: Monday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Jennifer expects to expand these hours when the summer tourist season is in full swing.

 

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