Mama Bird’s, new ice cream shop and bakery, opening in downtown Holly Springs

Ice cream pops to be served at new ice cream shop and bakery, Mama Bird’s, opening in Holly Springs.
Ice cream pops to be served at new ice cream shop and bakery, Mama Bird’s, opening in Holly Springs. Little White Dress Visuals

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.

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: Reach him at