Holly Springs is about to get a little sweeter.
Mama Bird’s Cookies + Cream, a new shop featuring handmade ice cream and treats, is set to open on Nov. 3 at 304 N. Main Street in downtown Holly Springs.
Owner Lesley Richmond is turning a lifelong passion for making sweets into a full-blown business with her first retail location. With an emphasis on handmade, homestyle confections, Richmond hopes that Mama Bird’s Cookies + Cream can give back to the town she and her husband, Nick, a Holly Springs firefighter, call home with their two daughters.
By offering the opportunity to host celebrations in the shop or partner with Mama Bird’s on a fundraiser, Richmond hopes the new business will be as much of a community space as it is an ice cream parlor. “I want to allow families to come together and create memories,” she said in a recent phone interview.
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And what better to come together over but ice cream? Mama Bird’s takes the homemade ice cream model one step further, making all candies and mix-ins by hand, in house.
The feel will be less chain-store and more “Mama just made you a fresh homemade cookie with ice cream churned that day,” Richmond emphasized. With a shop named after her two daughters, Averi and Taylor (nicknames Mama and Bird, respectively), patrons are sure to feel right at home and part of the family.
Mama Bird’s Cookies & Cream will be open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays. (Sunday visitors may want to arrive as close to opening as possible, as Richmond plans to have fresh baked cinnamon rolls for sale.)
Matt Lardie is a Durham-based food and travel writer. He is the cofounder of the lifestyle website School of Home: schoolofhome.com. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.