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Lockport's Lake Effect Ice Cream to open scoop shop on Hertel

Lake Effect Ice Cream is opening its second scoop shop this spring, on Hertel Avenue.

The Lockport-based company has been dishing up cones, sundaes and more from its Lockport parlor, 79 Canal St., since 2013.

By Memorial Day, owners Erik Bernardi and Jason Wulf expect to open at 1900 Hertel Ave., formerly Vasili's Express. That makes three new ice cream places expected on Hertel this summer, following announcements from Allen Street Poutine and Lloyd Taco Factory.

"We know that a lot of people travel to get to us" in Lockport, Wulf said. If Lake Effect fans are willing to drive that far, "we thought we should be able to do pretty good on Hertel."

The new shop will offer everything the Lockport store does – more than 20 flavors of ice cream, cakes, novelties, and shakes. "It'll have all the flavors, and we may do some custom flavors for that area," said Wulf.

The company also recently completed its purchase of a 7,000-square-foot Lockport building to use for production and ice cream storage, he said. "We have a new 20-by-40-food freezer built in it, and are putting in a new kitchen."

[Check out the Warm Front Floats Lake Effect introduced this fall]

Lake Effect Ice Cream is also available at area stores, including about 30 Wegmans and Tops supermarkets.

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