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Scoopy’s is an ice­cream par­lour like the good old days.

An oa­sis by the sea where, on a scorch­ing hot day, gen­er­ous­ly­por­tioned scoops of frozen dairy good­ness are yours for a few gold coins.

Parked up at the Waikawa Bay fore­shore, close to Pic­ton, the colour­ful pink and red striped car­a­van has been trad­ing for just a few weeks.

With a Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe and Elvis cutout in­side, if a duke box could fit in the corner, you’d be trans­ported back to a sim­pler time be­fore hash­tags and MMP.

Owner/op­er­a­tor Lisa Lee says it’s all about bring­ing re­fresh­ments back to Waikaka Bay for the sum­mer.

‘‘There was a need for this in Waikawa Bay, after hav­ing years of the lo­cal shop close down,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s a won­der­ful thing for the kids to come out to Waikawa Bay to have a swim and an ice­cream or a hot dog.’’

The hot dogs are your clas­sic frank in a bun with onions, ketchup and mus­tard, and a dou­ble scoop is just $4.

Lee says the idea of hav­ing an ice­cream truck of her own has been years in the mak­ing and it was only after one for­tu­itous day nearly four years ago that she stum­bled upon her car­a­van.

‘‘I drove around Waikawa Bay and saw an old hol­i­day park,’’ Lee says. ‘‘I went in, asked around and the per­son there of­fered me one for a few grand. Well, I didn’t have the money at the time.

‘‘I was about to leave and he said, ‘‘I have one, but it’s a real doer up­per, and you can have it’.’’

The car­a­van looks and feels like one of those sum­mer sanc­tu­ar­ies from the good old days, that you could park up be­side at a camp­site on the fam­ily hol­i­day.

Since then, Lee and her part­ner have man­aged to spruce it up and bring it back to its former glory.

Scoopy’s is oper­at­ing on pub­lic hol­i­days, week­ends, and on hot days after school. Just keep an eye out for an­nounce­ments on the Scoopy’s Ice Cream Par­lour Face­book page.

For Lee, it’s all about be­liev­ing in her dreams of bring­ing ice­cream back to Waikawa Bay.

‘‘That’s how I be­lieve things work. Never giv­ing up. Never giv­ing up.’’


Lisa Lee serves up good old-fash­ioned scoops of nos­tal­gia at Scoopy’s Ice Cream Par­lour on the Waikawa Bay fore­shore.

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