We all scream for Ice Cream
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.
Robert Deslauriers pouring the third layer of syrup on the shaved ice.