WILTON — A new ice cream shop is expected to open in the former Bradley’s Pizza building at 280 Main St. by Memorial Day.
Ken and Monica Allen of Farmington have bought the building from Jon Bubier, also of Farmington. Bubier bought the building last fall with plans to renovate it over the winter to sell or lease it.
The goal is to have a shop where families can come in, sit and enjoy an ice cream for just a few dollars, Ken Allen said.
The Allens plan to serve hard and soft ice cream and are considering a couple of vendors for the brand of ice cream, Ken said. Free cones will be offered on opening day, he said.
The family appeal of programs at the Wilton Free Public Library and Kineowatha Park drew the Allens and their two sons, Brett and Blake, to Wilton, Monica said.
With the lake nearby and work on the Western Maine Play Museum progressing, the location of the shop in downtown Wilton was key, he said.
The couple is holding a naming contest for the business beginning Thursday, April 13. It will run for a week, ending at midnight April 19, and from the suggestions they plan to choose the three they like best, he said. Submissions may be added to an ice cream contest Facebook page. Ice cream is the prize, he said.
The Allens plan to open seven days a week from March through November. The ice cream shop will offer cones and a buffet bar from which sundae toppings may be chosen, he said.
The shop will offer indoor seating along with two outside service windows on the front for walk-up customers. They expect to hire six to eight employees.
Allen, an accountant in Farmington who owns Tax Resolution Specialists, bought the building based on Bubier renovating it. The 38- by 30-square-foot space has new wiring, plumbing, a drop ceiling and new floors.
Ken and Monica Allen of Farmington have bought the former Bradley’s Pizza building at 280 Main St. in Wilton with plans to open an ice cream shop by Memorial Day. They are pictured with their children, Brett, left, and Blake, in Monica’s arms.
Jon Bubier, left, has sold the former Bradley Pizza building at 280 Main St. in Wilton to Ken and Monica Allen of Farmington. The Allens plan to open an ice cream shop by Memorial Day. The couple is pictured with their children, Blake, left, and Brett, right.