Bluff Park Ice Cream Shoppe is a family-owned ice cream parlor, serving premium hand-dipped ice cream. The shop was designed to provide a fun, family-friendly environment where people of all ages can enjoy delicious ice cream while creating memories that will last a lifetime. The staff takes great pride in their friendly service, their fun, retro atmosphere and of course, their delicious ice cream and milkshakes. Here, manager Elizabeth Pruitt offers an insider’s perspective on the business.
What’s the story on Bluff Park Ice Cream Shoppe’s founding? How long has it been open?
After nearly 50 years in construction and nearing retirement, David Hare wanted to create a business with his family that would be fun and educational for his children and grandchildren. In 2016, that dream was realized with the creation of Bluff Park Ice Cream Shoppe. People of all ages love ice cream and having a place where the entire family could gather and enjoy a fun treat was exactly what Mr. Hare wanted.
What are Bluff Park Ice Cream Shoppe’s fan-favorite flavors?
Where do we start? With more than 100 rotating flavors, it is hard to choose! “This $&@! Just Got Serious” is a unique blend of caramel, fudge and cashews that is always a hit. Kids love the fun colors and taste of the superman and cotton candy twist flavors. Employee favorites are peach, peanut butter cookie dough and ultimate oreo. We offer vegan, oat milk-based flavors as well.
What are your recommended flavors?
We recommend the “Exhausted Parent” and bourbon pecan pie as they are a favorite amongst adults.
What do customers enjoy most about the business?
Besides our delicious ice cream, people love our friendly service, family atmosphere and retro decor. We love seeing large families of multiple generations gather in our shop to enjoy great ice cream and have a fun time together.
What is your favorite aspect of being a business in Bluff Park?
The Bluff Park community is unlike any other. I don’t think any other neighborhood supports its local businesses like Bluff Park. We love being close to the elementary school and having the kids get ice cream in the afternoons. Plus, there is no better view in Birmingham than on the bluff!
Customers can visit Bluff Park Ice Cream Shoppe at 815 Shades Crest Road Tuesday through Sunday from 1-8 p.m. each day. Visit bluffparkicecreamshop.com or follow the business on Facebook and Instagram @bluffparkicecreamshoppe for news updates.