Lumpy’s Ice Cream Melts Hearts In North Carolina With Appreciation Day
It’s the time of year we tend to put a focus on giving back and gratitude. And, no one in North Carolina knows the importance of that sentiment more than Lumpy’s Ice Cream in Wake Forest. This story came full circle recently. And, the shop’s owner, Buck Buchanan, experienced acts of kindness he’s truly grateful for.
In case you missed the story, Lumpy’s Ice Cream suffered equipment failures recently. And, in the ice cream business when freezers stop working that leads to disaster. The store lost more than 700 gallons and around 250 pints of product. Buchanan told MyFox8 the loss added up to “somewhere around $110,000.”
Then, just when they began working to recoup the loss, another malfunction plagued the business. The machine used to make the ice cream stopped working. However, in the midst of seemingly insurmountable odds, folks stepped up to help the popular ice cream store.
Ice cream shops as well as community members showed their support through a GoFundMe and purchases in the shop. So, with the help of donations and insurance Lumpy’s Ice Cream is back on track. And, that’s when Buchanan decided to host a customer appreciation day. The weekend after Thanksgiving was free barbecue and free scoops Saturday.
And, it’s a nice story for a local ice cream shop with humble beginnings. Lumpy’s Ice Cream all began back in 2001. Buchanan’s background is in fine dining. But, after moving to Raleigh from Vermont, he began making ice cream from locally sourced hormone free milk and fresh fruits. It grew from a shed behind his house with one employee to national attention in 2011 in a Hartford Insurance commercial. Then, production moved to Wake Forest in 2012.