Baton Rouge ice cream shop owner won’t let dreams melt away due to pandemic

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LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD)- “Horrible, horrible. Many tears shed,” Sweet Rolls owner Terri Jackson said as she held back tears.

After the coronavirus pandemic took a toll on local ice cream shop, Sweet Rolls, the family business decided the best decision for business was to close down.

Jackson shared the following Facebook post announcing the closure on Sunday, Oct. 25.

Sweet Rolls was closed for three to four weeks during Gov. Edwards stay at home mandate. Jackson says business has not been the same every since the beginning of the pandemic.

“We thrive during the spring and summer, that is mainly when we get our money,” Jackson said. “Ever since the pandemic hit we saw an 75 to 85 percent decline.”

Supplying personal protective equipment, loosing employees and competing with other local business were just a few of the hurdles the business was facing.

“We had a great time, it will always be a special place in our hearts.”

The family would of celebrated the two year anniversary of Sweet Rolls in December.

While saying goodbye to Sweet Rolls hurts Jackson she is looking forward to starting a new ice cream business.

Jackson’s family will operate a ice cream shop on wheels named “Sweet Scoops.” They plan to park the ice cream trailer at parks, local events and even birthday parties.

“You know what they say, one door closes and another opens,” Jackson said.

More information on Sweet Scoops can be found here.

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