After a spur of the moment decision, the three sisters – Kim, Kelly, and Kristine – had found themselves as the new owners of the local ice cream company. As young women on their first entrepreneurial adventure, they each settled into their own facet of the business, respective of their interests and post-secondary education. With Kim leading production and facilitating ingredient procurement, Kelly as the brand ambassador with her hands in sales and marketing, and Kristine as the number’s girl, in charge of the financials, the three had set themselves up for success.
Though the 1950’s plant got the women up and running, from 2001 onwards, it has remained their mission to re-grow the operations and breathe new life into both the brand and facility – and we must say, they’ve more than done it! The past 21 years have given Shaw’s Ice Cream a contemporary but retro-inspired re-brand, a well-deserved dairy parlour facelift, a bigger and better production plant, and a multitude of new and returning customers enjoy it all. Kim, Kelly, and Kristine pride themselves on bringing customers the classic dairy bar experience from a welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere to a true homage to local.
Of course, banding together on recipe development has always been a highlight of the job and it comes as no surprise that it’s become the pinnacle of the business as well! Over the years, the three have never wavered from using only the highest quality ingredients. Shaw’s full-cream ice cream is made from 100% fresh Canadian cream, with the little blue cow on every tub, and using locally produced ingredients as often as possible. Each crazy flavour is the product of their dedication to creativity and surroundings, whether it be Grammy’s Cupboard – an ode to their grandmother’s homemade treats – or summer exclusives like Betty’s Blueberry Cheesecake, using fresh Ontario blueberries and dairy.
From cones and cakes to splits and shakes, Shaw’s Dairy Bar remains a tradition for many locals and visitors, whether it be on a visit Port Stanley Beach or a trip in and of itself. For others, Shaw’s Ice Cream can be found in select parlours, eateries, and grocers across Canada.