**This video and article were posted for our Juneteenth celebration week**. Juneteenth is the celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. One of the ways to celebrate Juneteenth is to support black owned businesses. Read more about the history of Juneteenth by clicking here.
What started out as an art shop with ice cream on the side for Ericka Howard-Foskey and Finn Foskey, soon turned into a full-time ice cream shop when they realized more people were coming for the ice cream over the art.
The couple opened their art shop with ice cream on the side in Holly Ridge a few years back and then moved the business to Surf City when they decided to go full time with the ice cream shop.
The Tiki Turtles Ice Cream Shop has it all. Homemade ice cream, boba drinks, milkshakes, smoothies, and Dippin’ Dots.
Aside from the happenstance of the ice cream gig taking off, it was actually always Ericka’s dream to have an ice cream shop.. or something related to ice cream.
“As a little girl spending summers with my grandmother, I decided I wanted to be the ice cream man or the ice cream woman,” Howard-Foskey said. “Growing up in Germany we didn’t have ice cream trucks so when I came to the states to visit during the summers I thought that was the coolest thing ever because I wanted to be the one driving the truck and the little ones running behind.”
The couple says the most popular thing in the shop is probably the boba teas. They have endless flavors to choose from to go along with any flavor of bursting boba.
Their homemade ice cream comes from Chuck’s Homemade Ice Cream in Southport.
Ericka and Finn say they are excited and honored to be a black owned business, especially in that area where there aren’t many.
“We take that responsibility very, very heavily,” Ericka said. “The movement we believe is important because it highlights the injustices that have been done to people of color in this country for a very long time. We just want to be treated fairly and to be given an honest shake to be able to create generational wealth for our family just as other families of other nationalities have been given in the past.”
“Our life matters,” Finn said. “And we just want someone to acknowledge that. It doesn’t make yours any less or an officers or first responders any less. And I think that’s important that we admit that on both sides and then maybe start some sort of dialogue. It could help and move things forward.”
The couple says the atmosphere of the shop is always warm and welcoming and they want to continue to share that with everyone.
“We love everybody,” Ericka said “And I think there needs to be more of that in the world. If more shops could embrace loving everyone, I think the world would be a much better place.”
Their full time summer hours begin tomorrow, Friday, June 19th, with social distancing guidelines in place. You must wear a mask if you want to order inside, otherwise you can have your order taken outside the door.
For more information on hours, visit their Facebook page by clicking here.
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