New Waldo shop serves up house-made ice cream

David Friesen took an ice cream break while finishing renovations at Betty Rae’s Ice Cream earlier this month. The shop opened Friday.
David Friesen took an ice cream break while finishing renovations at Betty Rae’s Ice Cream earlier this month. The shop opened Friday.

Six months ago, David Friesen celebrated two life-changing events.

He had his first child, daughter Miriam, who is named after his paternal grandmother. He also signed a lease for his first business, Betty Rae’s Ice Cream, named after his maternal grandmother.

On Thursday, Miriam was 6 months old and on Friday, Friesen opened the doors to Betty Rae’s Ice Cream in Waldo.

Friesen took the former Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt spot at 7140 Wornall Road and plans to offer two dozen house-made ice cream flavors each day — including cookies and cream, coffee, cantaloupe, pineapple-Thai basil, raspberry, chamomile and granola with raisins, nondairy chocolate, jasmine green tea, brown butter and toasted pecan.

The shop will also feature ice cream sandwiches, shakes, sundaes, floats, sorbet and baked goods.

Customers can get their ice cream in cups, on a plain cone or sugar cone, or in a house-made waffle cone. The shop also offers house-made sauces like hot fudge or marshmallow and a variety of toppings.

Prices start at $2.75 for one scoop and $5.75 for a pint.

Betty Rae’s also has a suggestion board, and during its soft opening March 19, 5-year-old Avery Mayes requested a cherry flavor. Other customers came up with some more exotic choices like White Russian, coffee banana and jalapeño honey almond.

Friesen has applied for a liquor license and plans to add spiked milkshakes and beer floats.

He met his wife, Mary Nguyen, at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where they both had stints at Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream. One of the couple’s creations was a lavender honey ice cream, which became a customer favorite and is now on the menu at Betty Rae’s. Friesen’s new shop is near where Nguyen grew up.

Nguyen’s brother, Vincent Nguyen, owns WoodChopKC and helped Friesen build the tables, benches, counters and other finishings. The shop also will feature works for sale by local artists.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Changes for Independence Sun Fresh

On Saturday, the Sun Fresh Market at 2301 S. Sterling Road will shut down at 11 p.m.

It will then be renovated and is scheduled to reopen in late May as a Price Chopper, but with the same staff.

The McKeever family is purchasing the grocery store in a deal that closes Monday. They have been in the grocery store business for nearly four decades and own nine other area Price Choppers, including two other Independence Price Choppers.

In a statement, Alan McKeever said: “Our family has a long history of serving the residents of Independence. We look forward to strengthening our commitment to the Independence community with the new store.”

The McKeevers couldn’t be reached for comment.

Price Chopper has 51 area locations owned by the McKeevers and three other family groups — the Balls, Cosentinos and Queens. Both Sun Fresh Market and Price Chopper are members of Associated Wholesale Grocers, a Kansas City, Kan.-based, retailer-owned cooperative serving more than 2,600 retail member stores.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC