Hall of Scoops' is making progress in its bid to expand to Chappaqua. The ice cream/frozen yogurt/candy shop that is currently in Armonk is set for a Sept. 4 public hearing before the New Castle Planning Board.
Get the hearing is contigent upon submitting some materials that are technical in nature, such as more detail about its proposal in areas such as signage and a narrative explaining the business. Planning Board members did not raise any major concerns during their first review, an informal meeting on July 17.
The site for the proposed expansion is 14 S. Greeley Avenue in downtown Chappaqua, the former location of Always the Children before it moved across the street earlier this year. The space, roughly 1,700 square feet, is more than twice that of the Armonk site. The offerings will be similar to that of Armonk, including Longford's ice cream, but with more seating.
Planning Board approval of a site plan and a special permit are needed because the proposal involves a change of building use, from retail to carry out eating.
Lori Ceisler, an Armonk resident co-owns the family business with her husband. Her brother in law, Brad, lives in Chappaqua. Ceisler described the combination of sweets as “a kid’s wonderland.”
“Chappaqua reminds us very much of Armonk," Ceisler said on the decision to expand. "It’s a great community, lot of kids, close to the middle school."
Residents in town will have a growing number of ice cream or frozen yogurt places in the area, whether it's across the street or in Mount Kisco.
When asked about this, Celiser said that "We don’t really like to compare ourselves to anybody else out there.”
Architect David Graham, who helped a previous store at the same site two decades ago, said the aim is for a fall opening.