First comes Riptide then Pop’s Icecream Shop.
Ryan Oakley, survived a form of cancer not many do, and when he did, he needed to keep himself preoccupied from the stress and pressure of fighting cancer.
On the 3-year mark of beating cancer, Oakley decided to open Riptide Cafe in Sidney – a food joint known for an excellent handmade burger and delicious tasting chicken wings.
Fast forward to today, about seven months later.
Oakley decided it was time Sidney got a spot for ice cream and milkshakes after numerous requests from Riptide customers.
Riptide didn’t have the space available for the addition, so Oakley decided to open a dedicated ice cream joint, just around the corner from Riptide.
Since he and his partner Brittany are expecting their first child in March, they both agreed Pop’s Icecream Shop was the appropriate name.
“I wanted to stick with a 60s vibe with the place, and I think we have done a great job of it,” Oakley told Victoria Buzz.
“We have hard ice cream cones (yes we have waffle cones) and ice cream cups.”
The new ice cream shop will also have 21 different novelties to choose from – and yes, there will be glass bottle Coca-cola products.
Oakley also plans to add arcade games and a TV so guests can play the original Mario Bros Nintendo.
“We want to make this place as welcoming for everyone.”
Oakley says the store will be doing monthly fundraisers and donating all proceeds to a family in need and the BC Cancer Society.
Sidney’s newest ice cream parlour will officially open on Valentines Day, February 14, however; there will be an open house on Family Day, Monday, Feb. 13, between 5 pm and 8 pm – and there will be free small cones for everyone!!
Riptide is located at 9816 Fourth Street, and Pop’s is located at 2446 Beacon Ave.
Prize: Dinner for two at Riptide Cafe and two cones for dessert from Pop’s Icecream Shop.
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Contest closes on February 18th, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PST.