Holy Cow is udderly cool
This colorful cow beckons customers into Holy Cow.
Some families go on vacation together just to have fun, others to get to know each other better, but rare is the family that goes on vacation and returns with a business plan.
Rare or not, that’s exactly what happened when Andrea and Ben Stewart took their kids for a two week RV vacation last summer. All those highway miles and togetherness resulted in a lot of creative thinking, fulfilling a dream that Andrea always had – to open a family ice cream shop.
When space became available next to Subway restaurant in Holmes Beach, the Stewarts seized the moment and opened Holy Cow Ice Cream & Other Cool Stuff in November of last year. Their vision was to create a family friendly ice cream shop where generations can get together to satisfy their sweet tooth or teens can hang out. What has evolved is a whole lot more than ice cream, which is where the cool stuff comes in.
Since the Stewarts also own the Sand Dollar Gift Shop on the Island, they’ve stocked Holy Cow with a variety of unique home decorating items, candles and cool stuff for kids and teens. Holy Cow as an exclusive selection of Monkeez Sock Monkeys and Crazerasers Puzzles. For the holidays you’ll find crystal tree ornaments, peppermint candy soap and those last minute hostess gifts you may need on the way to holiday parties.
And let’s not forget the sweet side of Holy Cow. The Stewarts carry homemade soft serve and hard ice cream in a variety of flavors that change on a rotating basis. They make shakes, malts, floats, smoothies, brownie sundaes and the very popular brownie ice cream sandwich. They also brought the famous Coco Joe’s Italian Ice to the Island. For the grown-ups, Holy Cow has flavored coffees, cappuccino and mocha frappuccino, as well as soft drinks, water and hot chocolate.
It’s a great place for pizza and ice cream birthday parties, sports team gatherings and other little people events. Outside picnic tables can be setup, there’s plenty of room inside with tables scattered around the shop and at a large front booth with a kids’ mushroom table, as well as the Holy Cow Tiki Lounge.
In addition, Holy Cow has just added an incredibly appetizing line of loose and boxed gourmet candy. The Christmas candy couldn’t be more adorable, and you’ll need help finishing the cupcake and other truffles, buy six pieces of candy and get one free during the holidays. And if there’s a wedding in your family’s future, check out the catalog of candy wedding favors.
The charm of Holy Cow is that there’s a little something for every generation, exactly what Andrea hoped to achieve.
Obviously being thrown together in a moving vehicle shook up a lot of brain cells in the Stewart family. By the time they arrived back home on Anna Maria, not only did they have a vacation, and a new business, but also a pretty jazzy name for that business… Holy Cow what an adventure.
Holy Cow Ice Cream & Other Cool Stuff
3234 East Bay Drive,
Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday- Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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