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Darien Bakas | The Daily Wildcat

The Screamery, a local ice cream shop that specializes in making all natural flavors, on Saturday, March 26. The ice cream shop is owned by UA alumna Linda Sarnoski and her husband, Kenny, and is planned to open in early April.

Local favorite ice cream shop The Screamery is bringing its deliciously creamy, hand-crafted and all-natural ice cream closer to UA students with a new location set to open in April 2016.

UA alumna Linda Sarnoski and her husband, Kenny Sarnoski, opened their first location at Houghton Road and Broadway Boulevard in 2014. Since opening, they've experienced huge success and were even forced to close their doors for three days when their ice cream became so popular that it sold out.

Linda said it all began when she and her husband began the Paleo diet, which only consists of natural ingredients. But she wasn’t about to give up her love for ice cream.

After many hours spent perfecting the right batch of ice cream, the Sarnoskis brought their creation to their friends and family.

“It took a lot of experimenting at home,” Linda said. “We would have family and friends critique when they came over for dinner.”

Once the Sarnoskis shared their ice cream with friends and family, they had no other option but to open an ice cream shop and share their iced deliciousness with the world.

It’s not just friends and family raving over the creamy spoonfuls, though. The Screamery has been voted two-times Best Overall ice cream in Maynards Market Ice Cream Showdown, as well as Most Inventive in 2015.

Kenny, The Screamery’s ice cream connoisseur, pasteurizes the milk and cream from grass-fed cows, making The Screamery the first ice cream shop in Arizona to be certified to pasteurize their own ice cream. Kenny said he uses seasonal ingredients to inspire his next creations.

“In the summertime, we’ll do a Lemonilla when lemons are abundant,” Kenny said.

The Screamery’s Lemonilla flavor features fresh, lemon-infused ice cream mixed with handmade vanilla wafers. But the flavors don’t end there — The shop's flavors range from Ooey-Gooey Buttercake, to Bacon and Bourbon, to Sweet Cream Honeycomb.

“I like to do things that a lot of people aren’t doing,” Kenny said. “I just try and play around to see what’s good to the palate.”

Grace Gegenheimer, a political science senior, has made trips to the east-side shop about five times. She says The Screamery's unique flavors and all-natural process keeps her coming back.

"I love The Screamery because it's a unique place and they have great flavors," Gegenheimer said. "They put an emphasis on that everything is organic and made in store, and I really like that about it. You know actually what is going into the ice cream ... I think my favorite flavor is Bee's Knees. It's a seasonal flavor that they offer in the spring and it's honey lavender, and it's just really good."

The Screamery’s second location will be located at 2545 E. Speedway Blvd., at the intersection of Speedway and Tucson Boulevards, only five minutes by car from the heart of campus.

“We were very motivated to bring what we’re doing closer to more people who can enjoy it,” Linda said.

As a UA Eller College of Management graduate, Linda is looking forward to tapping into the college market and offering specials for students.

“I’ve been a Wildcat and it’s kind of my way of being able to give back in a way,” she said.

Linda hopes that with a closer location to the UA, she and her husband will not only serve up hand-crafted ice cream to students, but that their success will inspire the young generation of business students.

“With a lot of hard work and experience, one day something happens and you get that chance to use the skills you’ve learned in school and life,” Linda said.

At their Speedway location, the Sarnoskis plan to have 24 flavors of ice cream in the dipping cabinet for dessert lovers to enjoy.

As the grand opening approaches, Linda plans on spending lots of time at the Speedway location building customer relationships, while Kenny plans to stay ahead of the game and make sure they have enough ice cream for opening weekend.

“We are going to expect to be really busy and we want to be ready for the demand that the new store is going to take,” Kenny said.

Linda said the mission of The Screamery is simple.

“We’re taking an old-fashioned way of making ice cream and keeping it simple by eliminating stabilizers, preservatives and chemicals," she said.

The business and dessert duo continue to bring back the process of making ice to a more simpler time.

“We’re an old-fashioned solution with modern day flavors,” Linda said.


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