Mary Rose Anyanwu, Izzy's Ice Cream, 700 Nicollet Mall
Don't tell Mary Rose Anyanwu the weather has to be warm for people to eat ice cream.
"If you're a real ice cream lover, you eat it almost every day," Anyanwu said.
Unlike the original Izzy's Ice Cream Caf/ in St. Paul, the Downtown caf/ located on the first floor of Marshall Field's, 700 Nicollet Mall, is open year-round (as is the other Downtown Izzy's at 825 Nicollet Mall).
Since starting work at Izzy's last October, Anyanwu has served ice cream lovers flavors ranging from creamy vanilla to Norwegian chai. With that infamous extra little scoop of "izzy" of course!
Lots of people in the food industry end up running away from what they work around all day. But is it possible to get sick of ice cream?
I love it. I don't ever get sick of it because I have a sweet tooth. You know women; we love our chocolates and sweets.
Do you have a favorite flavor? Which ones are the most popular?
I really go for the strawberry cheesecake. It's creamy and has real strawberries. It's refreshing. I think the peppermint bonbon, strawberry cheesecake and cotton candy are some favorites for people. Norwegian chai, too. There are so many different flavors to keep track of.
How would you describe your customers?
They vary. The kids love it [ice cream] though. They see all the colors and it attracts them. The other day a mother was feeding her baby ice cream for the first time. It was so cute. He was like "feed me more, feed me more."
Do you ever get tempted to give nice customers a little bit more ice cream and less for mean ones?
No, no, no. I try to make all customers feel welcome even if they're grumpy. I just ask myself, "How would you like to be treated?" You don't know what people are going through.
Customers will remember you if you're nice. The not-so-nice ones will feel better after ice cream anyways.