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Guilderland woman with soft serving past opens ice cream shop

The Grandstand owner Christine Ramundo dips a soft serve ice cream cone for some extra flavor on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

The Grandstand owner Christine Ramundo dips a soft serve ice cream cone for some extra flavor on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Photo by John Purcell.

— Next season, Ramundo is looking to add frozen yogurt to the store and host birthday parties in the store’s indoor room.

The soft serve ice cream comes from a Crowley’s mixture and then one of 24 different syrups is added to the mix to provide a bevy of flavors. The shop’s hard ice cream is supplied by Perry’s Ice Cream.

She said her favorite ice cream choice is a peanut butter and hot fudge sundae with Reese's Pieces topping it off. Also, some mint chocolate chip ice cram with hot fudge is another favorite.

As far as what customers order the most, she said it can very greatly from day to day, with a rush for one item happening one day and another day it’s barely ordered at all.

The busiest times though are more reliable, with a rush happening from around 1 to 2 p.m. and another after dinnertime starting around 7 p.m. The store also serves traditional grilled and fired fare, with some healthy choices, such as a grilled chicken salad.

Owning her own store presents a different challenge to tackle every day, but Ramundo’s family is very supportive and works at the shop with her. So far, the mixture of family and business has been enjoyable.

“It is a lot of work, but it is worth it,” she said.

She is hoping her family takes an interest in the business and will carry on running it. Her 14-year-old son already enjoys working at the shop. Also, he is a natural at twisting cones.

“I told him it is in his blood,” Ramundo said.

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