By Megan Myers
Stepping into the newly-opened Sundae Funday Cafe in Winfield is like stepping back in time.
On a drowsy Wednesday afternoon, doo-wop music wafts through the speakers. The day’s flavors are handwritten on a large chalkboard, and art deco stools and tables are spread out across a checkered floor. Dozens of local school children crowd around the front counter, their faces peering through the frosted glass of the ice cream display stand.
“The good old days are coming back,” announced Curtis Zumwalt, Jr. as he walked out with his dad to where he had parked his bicycle on the sidewalk, malted milkshake in hand.
The cafe’s retro feel is just the effect that co-owners Derek and Brittany Carroll were going for when they decided to open their business on Main Street.
“It’s something different,” said Derek. “It just adds to the small town atmosphere. We have lots of grandparents come in with their grandkids saying ‘I remember back when…’ Derek said the couple tested out the idea with locals before settling on the old-fashioned ice cream parlor concept. The 1950’S theme was also partly-inspired by Brittany’s love of the “Grease” movie.
The couple did most of the work on the cafe themselves, even building the counter by hand.
The Carroll’s concept is already proving a recipe for success.
Less than one week after opening on May 6, the cafe had served 1,000 customers. They had to close up shop midway through the second day of opening after all 36 gallons of ice cream had been dished out. “The main challenge is keeping up with the inventory. We didn’t know it was going to be such a hit.” Derek said. They plan to add another display freezer to keep up with demand. Derek, who is also the kitchen manager at Anchor’s Restaurant in Winfield, said foot traffic from the new farmer’s market in town on May 6 contributed to the business’ opening day success.
Patrick Ranken, who was there May 11 with his children Evan, 7, and Mia, 4, said he was excited to see downtown Winfield becoming a local hang out again. “It’s great for the town to get some attractions,” he said.
Besides 11 flavors of ice cream and traditional shakes, floats and malts, the cafe also offers a variety of other sweet treats, and the couple plans to expand the cafe’s offerings in the future.
Brittany said opening their own business was “a little overwhelming at first,” but said being in a small town, where “everybody knows everybody,” has helped.
“Our kids know all the customers’ kids, and it’s kind of spread by word of mouth.”
Sundae Funday Cafe is located at 209 North Main St., and is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and until 10 p.m. on weekends. They are closed Mondays.