Cool addition to Katanning Co-op
An indication of the community support for the new Katanning Ice Creamery is that the owners said they were flat out on their opening day even though it was one of the coldest days of the year.
On the opening day on September 19, there was snow on the Stirling Ranges just over 100km away, but plenty of people were getting behind the new ice cream store.
Emma Firth and her mother Bev Lockley opened the new store inside the Katanning Co-op three weeks ago and they are over the moon about the community response.
“We love Katanning and it just needed something fun. We love the co-op and wanted to bring more people in,” she said. “My mum loves ice cream and she talked to me in July, and we had it up and running by September. It has been fantastic — so much enthusi-asm and support from the town.”
Mrs Lockley works with Ella Maesepp at the local Landcare group and they have brought their passion for the environment and sustainability to the new ice creamery.
“Ella and her son came up with the idea of having the cone holder that was made from reusable material,” she said. “They seek nice cloth from second-hand stores and make the cone holders, and when we opened the ice creamery she asked us to sell them here.
“We said ‘not a problem’, because all of our products and packaging are biodegradable and compostable.”
Ms Maesepp said the cone holders were a homemade, environmentally friendly way to stop mess.
“They’re a sustainable alternative to using disposable serviettes as they can be washed and used over and over again,” she said.
“Being absorbent, they’re also great for catching the drips and wiping sticky faces.”
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