Sisters' dairy bar dream takes shape at Cold Cow Creamery
MANCHESTER — Two sisters from Manchester solved several problems at once with the opening of Cold Cow Creamery dairy bar on Main Street earlier this month.
Hannah and Bella Dworkin needed jobs, and the area needed a local ice cream shop open in the evening.
"I thought it would be a fun idea for the summer," Hannah Dworkin said.
"For the past three
summers I've worked at the horse show and Bella worked at another place at the horse show serving ice cream."
As most people know, the Vermont Summer Festival horse jumping show in East Dorset was canceled this summer due to the coronavirus.
The pair started thinking about the dairy bar in the spring and got serious about it in June.
"This is the one thing we really didn't have in town," Bella Dworkin said, adding that she and her friends were driving to the Arlington Dairy Bar before.
Working in their favor is that their parents, Karen Geriak and Adam Dworkin, who own Nippers Cafe and the Stamford Motel, also had a building that would be available July 1.
The problem is that they wanted Cold Cow Creamery to be open in time for the Fourth of July crowds, which didn't leave a lot of time to get the place ready to open.
"It was pretty bad," Bella Dworkin remembers. "July 1 dad woke is up at 7 a.m. with 'Let's go ladies.' We left [the dairy bar] at 11 p.m. The first day and a half was all cleaning."
Hanna said the night of July 3, the place was mostly ready to go. Almost.
"Everyone else left at 11:30," Hanna Dworkin said. "I stayed until almost 1 a.m. getting the ice cream toppings and everything ready. Prepping."
They opened the next day — July 4 — at 11:30 a.m. Customers started hitting the window just after lunch and the sisters sold mostly ice cream for the rest of the day.
Despite the short turnaround, Bella Dworkin said things went OK and have improved a lot as they've developed routines.
"It's been pretty constant," Bella Dworkin said. "We're pretty busy at night. I think people like going out at night and having something to do. Most places in Manchester close about 8. We have a lot of people walk up from the center of town after dinner."
Cold Cow Creamery is open seven days a week, from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and until 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Cold Cow Creamery serves standard dairy bar fair. In addition to ice cream, the menu includes hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken tenders, fish filets, clam rolls, fries and onion rings, among other offerings. They've added panini and ahi tuna salad as well, which have proven popular.
But, it's all about the ice cream and they've found a Vermont company that offers what they think is the best ice cream.
In addition to soft-serve, Cold Cow Creamery is selling hard ice cream from Island Ice Cream in Grand Isle, which they found during their ice cream tours in June.
"In June, we were just driving around to different dairy bars trying out their ice cream," Bella Dworkin said. "It's hand-made in the islands of Lake Champlain."
"We bought a box and it was just so good," Hannah Dworkin added. "Very high quality."
The plan is to keep Cold Cow Creamery open until October and then spend the winter remodeling and preparing for next summer. Whether it will remain a dairy bar or be turned into something else is still up in the air, Bella Dworkin said.
But, the sisters most likely won't be around for too much longer as they prepare for college.
Bella Dworkin will return to Union College in Schenectady, New York, where she will be a junior. Hannah Dworkin will be a freshman at Keene State in New Hampshire.
Both schools, so far, are planning for on-campus classes.
And the sisters want to stay healthy themselves, so they're asking all customers to make sure they have a mask on before they approach the window.
Cold Cow Creamery is cash or Venmo only, so have some bills in your wallet or the app on your phone.
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