By Donnell Suggs
The crowd outside of Sweet Dreams ice cream shop was growing by the minute. At least three dozen family and friends of owners Cyntauria Jones and Len Davidson were making their way to the Chapel Hill Commons shopping center by carload to support the grand opening of this Black-owned business. When they and their children made their way outside the shop to greet those assembled it was overwhelming, according to Jones.
“Everybody showed up and showed out, it was wonderful,” she said.
The idea for a rolled ice cream shop, something not available anywhere else in the area, came to her and Davidson’s minds during a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. There, they had enjoyed some rolled ice cream — which is different from traditional ice cream shop offerings because the rolled ice cream is made fresh per order — and decided this could be something they could enjoy back home. The pair have two children together, twin boys Kaylen and Karter, and had been high school sweethearts.
Starting a business together was a no-brainer, and opening an ice-cream shop seemed like a good idea. Finding a good place to open the business where they could serve the community in which they were raised proved to be a bit more difficult.
“We wanted to put this business in our community,” said Jones, who, along with Davidson, attended Southwest DeKalb High School.