Goodies Frozen Custard and Treats is breathing new life into an old bit of Alexandria history – and giving neighbors a chance to cool off with a custardy treat in the process. The former outpost of the Mutual Ice Co., located at 200 Commerce St., has been a mainstay in Alexandria for decades. Goodies owner Brandon Byrd purchased the property in 2019 and, amid a global pandemic, transformed the ice house into an icy custard house, month by painstaking month. The final result, Byrd says, is worth it.
According to Alexandria Gazette Packet
, "But Goodies’ brick-and-mortar location isn’t the start of its origin story. Far from it. No, the custard purveyor actually began its journey nearly a decade ago in 2012 with a vintage International Harvester truck named Gigi. “I just built [the business] from the ground up,” Byrd said. “I had this idea – I wanted something that is pure, wholesome, and in the event that I had my own kids and/or great-nieces and nephews, I want something that I would feel good about.” And with that, Goodies was born, shuttling custard and other treats around the DC metro region on board Gigi, who, Byrd says, does require some TLC from time to time to keep her in good shape."
As per Alexandria Gazette Packet, "But will Gigi play second fiddle now that the Commerce Street location is opening up? Not a chance, he says. “That’s my No. 1 girl! She’s not going anywhere,” he laughed. Byrd aims for the ice house location to be up and running by Memorial Day. Partly due to space constraints and partly due to the old-fashioned custard-stand feel of the business, the shop will be a walk-up experience that, Byrd hopes, will make customers feel welcome from the first moment."
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