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.

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One Response to “Ben & Jerry’s to start dishing up scoops in the highlands next month”

  1. thehousedog on August 10th, 2010 3:33 pm

    this is great! will we have bus service from the old town, talus, or other areas to get to the highlands at all those times when ice cream is needed? or perhaps we should walk, considering the fat content? perhaps this is what they mean by healthy cities – walking for ice cream…. glad to see that tree city is getting all the fast food joints possible!

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