STEVENSVILLE — People are surprised that there’s a new ice cream parlor in historic, downtown Stevensville. Located at 400 Love Point Road, the “Tasty Toucan”, opened without fanfare earlier in October, but those who have ventured into the establishment have found some delicious, Maryland made ice cream.
Owned by Kent Island residents Nick and Nikki Neboshynsky, the couple are looking forward to pleasing their clients with Eastern Shore made Chesapeake Bay Farms Ice Cream produced in Worcester County, near Pocomoke. The ice cream is made from milk cows raised on the farm there. On the farm in Berlin, the Chesapeake Creamery receives rave reviews for their quality product, and the Neboshynsky’s wanted to make that outstanding ice cream readily available in Stevensville.
The current flavors listed inside the shop include: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry shortcake, butter pecan, raspberry chocolate chunk, orange-pineapple, cake batter, caramel fudge, blueberry crunch, chocolate espresso beans & cream, snappy pumpkin, and toffee crunch. A special dish, the “6 Flavor Sample” lets guests choose six different flavored scoops of ice cream, each in a cup of its own, served on a flat plate.
There’s also non-dairy popsicles in flavors; Simply Strawberry, Pink Lemonade, Very Berry, Chocolate Fudge, and Pumpkin Pie. With cooler weather rapidly approaching, the Tasty Toucan also plans to start serving a delicious cup of hot chocolate.
Nikki said, “I’ve always wanted to have my own business. I chose the name Tasty Toucan because I love bright colors, and going to the beach, or a tropical themed place.” Local artist, driftwood carver Tom Yates has done much of the art inside the shop, shared Nikki.
A corner in the shop is decorated with seasonal themes, available for selfie’s to be taken. The theme this week is Halloween. There’s a skeleton of a mermaid holding an ice cream cone while swimming in tropical waters. As the seasons change, so will the theme of the corner.
She said, “Eventually, we’ll be offering milk shakes, and hot fudge sundaes. By next April, they plan to have decided about expanding days and hours of operation. “For now, we’ll be seeing how people enjoy what we’re offering,” she said.
Currently the shop will only be open on weekends: Friday 5 p.m. — 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon — 9 p.m.
The Neboshynsky’s moved to Kent Island three and a half years ago from Annapolis, but both grew-up in Maine. Nikki added, “I’ve studied the market for this business very carefully. There’s nothing like it in the immediate area. One thing about ice cream — it’s ageless, everyone loves ice cream — all ages of people.”
Nikki and her husband Nick have another special connection to the sweet treat — their first date was over ice cream. “Ice cream always makes everything better,” said Nikki, “regardless, if you’re celebrating a special occasion, or getting over a broken heart.”