We all scream for Ice Cream

Le Messager Lachine & Dorval - - LOCAL NEWS - GRÉ­GO­RY WIL­SON

COM­MU­NI­TY. Coo­ling off on hot sum­mer days just got a whole lot ea­sier with the ope­ning of the new Crè­me­rie Pro­vost in La­chine. Co-foun­der Ro­bert Des­lau­riers is par­ti­cu­lar­ly proud of ser­ving sha­ved ice.

While com­mon in the Uni­ted States, Des­lau­riers says that most places in Ca­na­da do not of­fer that treat. He des­cribes it as «a lit­tle bit sof­ter than a snow cone and with more [tro­pi­cal] fla­vours than slush”, which in­clude pa­paya, Ha­waiian co­co­nut, and gua­va.

The item is one of ma­ny unique de­li­ca­cies that set this ice cream par­lour apart from ri­val bu­si­nesses. Bil­bo­quet’s ho­me­made and hard ice cream as well as sor­bets, with the Brou­ha­ha (ca­ra­mel brow­nies), va­nilla-rasp­ber­ry and man­go fla­vours as best­sel­lers. They al­so of­fer su­gar and glu­ten-free fro­zen al­ter­na­tives.

PART OF THE COM­MU­NI­TY

Des­lau­riers and fel­low co-foun­der Jes­si­ca Sain­til are strong be­lie­vers that long-term suc­cess trumps short-term gains. Put­ting the client’s needs first and set­ting them­selves apart from big ban­ners is key for suc­cess for them. Ow­ners ad­ver­tise Crè­me­rie Pro­vost as a lo­cal shop of­fe­ring af­for­dable, high qua­li­ty pro­ducts to La­chine re­si­dents. Their phi­lo­so­phy is al­so re­flec­ted in their lo­ca­tion choice.

“We have been tal­king about [ope­ning an ice cream par­lour] for two years now, wai­ting for the best place to set up shop,” Des­lau­riers said.

They found it last March, on Pro­vost St. in the centre of the La­chine com­mu­ni­ty, a few blocks from the La­salle Park, schools, hos­pi­tals, res­tau­rants, bus stops and the bike path.

(Pho­to: Mé­tro Mé­dia – Gré­go­ry Wil­son)

Ro­bert Des­lau­riers pou­ring the third layer of sy­rup on the sha­ved ice.

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