Ben & Jerry’s to start dishing up scoops in the highlands next month
August 9, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 9, 2010
Mark Mullet hopes to bring a taste of Vermont to the Issaquah Highlands. The city councilman plans to open a Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop in the neighborhood next month.
Mullet plans to open the local branch of the eco-conscious company famous for punny flavors — Cherry Garcia, anyone? — and social activism near Caffe Ladro, inside a former home sales center. He hopes to open the shop in mid-September. Plans call for about 40 seats spread across 1,300 square feet.
“I think Ben & Jerry’s and Issaquah are a natural fit,” he said.
Before Mullet could start serving scoops of Chubby Hubby and Chunky Monkey, however, he had to attend Scoop University, the training facility for franchisees in South Burlington, Vt. There, the former bank executive learned to mix milkshakes and shape waffle cones.
The biggest challenge for Mullet: cursive writing. He said another employee should handle the frosting messages atop ice cream cakes.
Mullet opened a Zeeks Pizza franchise in the highlands last June. In November, he became the first highlands resident to serve on the City Council.