|Posted by Angela Diaz on November 10, 2013 at 8:35 PM|
One thing I love about riding my bicycle is that I notice things I don't notice when I'm driving my car. I guess in a car you are going too fast to notice some things and when you do, you can't turn around to look for fear of rear-ending the car in front. You can't slow down. You have to keep up with traffic no matter what. You know exactly what I'm talking about. It's like seeing a yard sale and you can't stop. You drive on wondering if they had anything good. Finding a place to turn around and then looking for parking is too much hassle so you just keep going feeling bummed that you missed out on what looked like good stuff...and it was in the rich neighborhood too! LOL.
When I am on my bike and see a yard sale. Stopping and checking it out is no problem whatsoever. I don't affect traffic at all, I don't have to find parking, and I don't have to worry about finding a way to take my stuff home because my bike Lola carries just about anything. I've found some amazing yard sale items while riding around running errands. On one of these Saturday afternoons of running errands, I decided to take a different way home because there was road construction on my usual route. I was on a street I hadn't been on in at least ten years when I noticed something colorful on the corner. Naturally, I rode over to see what it was. It looked like some kind of little corner shop. When I got there, I saw it was the most adorable little ice-cream shop. It's called Splits and Giggles. How did I never see this? This shop is only a ten minute bike ride from my house, if even that! I snapped a pic of the shop with Lola in front of it and headed for home knowing that I was going to come back with my children.
Sure enough, I told the kids about the shop I found and we all walked up later that day to check it out. The shop was so cute and quaint. They had home-made waffle cones, all kind of flavors, and great prices. By great prices, I mean that a kids' cone was less than a dollar. If I remember correctly, it was like $0.89. An adult-size waffle cone was like $1.89 and it had too much ice-cream in it for me to finish myself. The owners are really nice and this place is totally pet friendly. They keep a dog bowl outside with water for dogs and they even have dog treats you can purchase in the shop for your pooch. This place is amazing! You can sit inside and eat your delicious desert at one of two tables with high bar stools, or you can eat them outside on their cute little patio set. Oh, and they have all kinds of toppings you can pick from for like twenty five cents extra. I mean anything from sprinkles, crushed cookies, Lucky Charms marshmallows, and almost anything else you can think of. They have a long list of toppings.
Since I discovered this place last summer we have visited at least ten times. Their flavors keep changing so we never know what to expect when we go in. It keeps us trying new things and I love it. I'm the kind of person that when I try something I really like, I'll keep ordering the same thing every time I go. Not in this place. Once I tried red velvet cake ice-cream and next time I went, they didn't have any, so I tried mint chocolate chip. That was awesome too. Next time I went they had neither and I ended up trying their strawberry cheesecake ice-cream. OMG! I'm writing about this place because one part of being frugal is exploring new places in your own neighborhood. We found an amazing ice-cream shop within walking distance from our house that has great prices. We don't have to spend a ton of money and go out of town to have a decent time. I also feel good supporting local small business owners. I want to keep going to this shop and letting everyone know about it so they get more business. This is the kind of business we want to keep in our neighborhoods.
500 West Lemon Street, Lancaster, PA