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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • High school students now in business

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  • RILEYVILLE — The warmer weather and sun bring with it cravings for an ice cold treat.
    At Jenny and Mike's Soft Serve, located at 1852 Hancock Highway in Rileyville, Jenny Carey and Mike Gombita are excited to offer just that.
    The Honesdale High School juniors are in their inaugural year of running the stand, which is owned by Mike's mom, Kelly.
    "We are volunteering our time and our summer to run to the stand," he said.
    They got the idea when they were looking for a summer job and nothing piqued their interest. The idea to start an ice cream stand "kinda snowballed" into what stands today. "Our parents are our biggest supporters," Carey said.
    The small stand sits just past the Rileyville four corners and shares a parking lot with the Rileyville Cafe, and it packs a big flavor punch.
    "We offer soft ice cream in vanilla, chocolate and twist," Gombita said.
    While the flavors are delicious by themselves, the stand offers "a lot of toppings" patrons can add to their frozen treat. "We want to give our customers the full experience," Carey said, complete with friendly service with a smile.
    One of the aspects the team is most proud of is the way the structure has transformed. "We did a lot of painting," she said. "People don't even recognize it as the same building."
    They also have a signature sundae, the Jenny and Mike's Special. The sundae has the customer's choice of ice cream placed on top of a brownie with whipped cream and a cherry. The stand also offers ice cream floats and milkshakes.
    The stand has its grand opening on May 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. and will be open Saturday and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    "We will be open every day once school is out," on June 13.
    The stand also has a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/jennyandmikes, that will be updated throughout the season.
    Both Gombita and Carey encourage everyone to experience a summer treat. "Our ice cream is worth the drive!"
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