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Ice cream shop looking for a buyer

Families looking for a cool ice cream treat in downtown Farmington have been coming away disappointed so far this spring. Bugaloo's, the six-year-old ice cream shop located at the corner of Third and Oak streets, has yet to return from its winter hiatus, and owner Stacey Schultz said the shop will not open unless she finds someone willing to buy the business.

Schultz and her husband, Nick, made the decision earlier this year to close the ice cream shop's doors.

It wasn't an easy choice. Bugaloo's was Schultz's first business downtown and it's named after her daughter. But with ice cream sales were down last summer and with another business to run -- Schultz also owns downtown's Fan Club Athletics -- Schultz found herself working long hours almost every day of the week. Her children, who were around to help in the early years, have graduated from high school and aren't available anymore.

"Last year was kind of the straw that almost broke my back," Schultz said. "We just felt that both businesses were suffering."If you're not focused 24-7 things start to slip," she said. "We had just seen that happen the last couple of summers."

Schultz put a for sale sign in the window at Bugaloo's about a month ago and got some interest almost immediately. A handful of early inquires fell through, though, and there hasn't been much interest since.

There have been some unhappy customers, though. Schultz has had would-be ice cream buyers stop by the shop, then come find her at The Fan Club for an explanation. She's told her story over and over. She said she got a phone call from a young girl who was in tears because she couldn't get her ice cream.

"You feel so awful for those kids," Schultz said. "We know the feeling. Trust me. We know the feeling of loss."

Schultz believes there's still life in the ice cream business. She hopes a family will take it over and give it the attention it deserves. The equipment is all in place -- there's even ice cream in the freezers.

Getting things up and running would go quickly, Schultz said. "I really hope somebody buys it, because I'm really craving some ice cream some days," Schultz said.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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