Last August, one of the more visible clues to what was to come popped up on Facebook: A business page for Great American Cookies/Marble Slab Creamery (in whatever order). The coming soon teaser indeed teased a popular spot for the incoming business: The very visible corner slot in Kohl’s-anchored Main Street Commons, previously home to Old Havana Cigar Co. but Steven McDowell moved that location to downtown on Main Street (and happy 18th anniversary to the opening of the first one on Rome’s Broad Street).
But back to the calories.
For the next seven months, customers would return to the creamery’s Facebook page, anxious for updates. They’d watch the refinement of the outdoor area, now a porch offering more seating — and prime seating at that as the pandemic continues and some customers still prefer open-air venues. They’d see the exterior sign go up, the walls change colors, the arrival of equipment.
A March 11 post said it all: “Getting closer, guys!” It spawned 47 likes or hearts.
And then late Sunday, after many of us trashed our March Madness brackets for another year, came a final Facebook push:
The Cartersville business “officially opens Tuesday, March 23,” followed by three exclamation points. Even at that late hour Sunday, more than a dozen fans responded with “can’t waits” and “gotta gos.”
The hours are Sundays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
There’s no menu to share but an earlier post used a creative series of hashtags to preview what’s to come: #cookies #icecream #brownies #sundaes #milkshakes #doubledoozies #cookiecakes #icecreamcakes #wafflecones #freemixins.
The timing is excellent as spring and warmer weather is here (not that the cookie part of the business is temperature sensitive — or the ice cream for some of us). And while Main Street continues to develop into one of the hottest retail-and-restaurant combinations in Northwest Georgia, there’s also a certain place just down I-75 that that should draw even more customers: LakePoint Sports, especially with high school and other baseball games.
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