Dresden Take Out opens ice cream and collectibles shop next door
After running the Dresden Take Out for over 5 years, Mason and Kathy Dubord decided to bring their industrious energy to the side, selling ice cream and collectibles in an old church.
Country Church and Collectables opened on July 8. Its menu includes 19 flavors of hard ice cream, milkshakes, and Blizzard-like concoctions called “Sinners.”
The Dubords bought the building in late May after a weekend of deliberations with Jeff Pierce, who previously ran his own antiques and collectibles shop there.
Mason said that even a month before the property closed, the couple had no plans to turn it into an ice cream business; it wasn’t until the Dresden Planning Board approved their application for an additional use permit in April that the couple began to consider the logistics of such a venture.
“All of that was the foundation of our pants,” Mason said in an interview at the July 24 boutique.
The Dubords contacted Stephanie Poland of Round Top Ice Cream for wholesale sourcing and advice on the challenges and profitability of opening an ice cream stand. She said Dubords ice cream would be a breeze compared to Take Out’s food service.
A friend of the couple who owns a convenience store gave away Dubords freezers and other supplies for free when he replaced those in his store. The pair only had to add a fresh coat of paint and replace some parts and suddenly they were in business.
However, the Dubords had their share of setbacks. On the afternoon of Saturday, July 24, Mason noticed that one of the used freezers had died the night before. He had to replace it immediately.
While the couple said the ice cream business was a hit with the community, the collectibles side is part of what separates Country Church from other ice cream businesses. Patrons can explore the eclectic collectibles, crafts, and antiques that populate the pews.
While a number of customers have already made purchases from the Dubord collection, the cavernous interior is still a work in progress. A stonemason by trade and handyman by nature, Mason has set up new outlets in the church and is in the process of creating showroom tables from wooden pews and doors he had laid out.
Mason also designed the impressive granite sign in front of the store using materials he had left over from previous work. He also installed a brick patio in front of the church’s service window.
“I knew it would work. As soon as I put up the sign, people started stopping,” Mason said.
The Dubords work 90 hours a week between the two adjoining storefronts. When asked what prompted the couple to take on a whole other business besides their day job, Mason smiled.
“Oh, we thought that would be fun,” he said.
Kathy Dubord said the collectibles business was a little more Mason’s idea than hers and that she handles most of the operations of the ice cream shop as he continues to work at inside.
“I’m the brains of the operation,” Kathy said in a Tuesday, July 26, phone interview with a laugh.
Kathy said the space will be closed in the winter, but Mason will continue to use the church basement as a masonry workspace.
The couple will not accept any antiques or collectibles from the public. With a garage full of trinkets and other valuables, including over 100 bikes, Country Church and Collectables should have plenty of inventory in the future.
Country Church Collectables hours of operation are currently 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Hours are subject to change based on demand.
For more information and updates, find Country Church Collectables on Facebook.