A Better Scoop with Sarah & Kevin Gleba – Editor’s Note:We spoke with Sarah and Kevin Gleba, the owners of A Better Scoop in Englewood located at 70 S. Indiana Avenue. Learn more about this award-winning business at ABetterScoop.com; call 941-473-2650.
When did A Better Scoop open and why did you folks decide to go into the ice cream business?
We acquired A Better Scoop in 2014. My husband and I have always looked for opportunities to become entrepreneurs. I was a long-term customer and was excited when I learned A Better Scoop was for sale. It was the right opportunity for us.
What makes A Better Scoop an old-fashioned ice cream shoppe?
Our ice cream is made locally. My mom helps make our waffle cones. We use old school chalk boards instead of expensive LED menu boards. We also serve our ice cream in glass dishes like an old-fashioned shoppe.
How many flavors do you offer and what are a few of the most popular?
We carry over 40 flavors. We also carry a selection of sugar free ice creams, yogurts, and Italian ices. Chocolate and Vanilla are always popular along with Salted Caramel and Black Cherry.
What are some of the ways visitors can enjoy their ice cream beyond a cup or cone?
Our milkshakes are made with whole milk and any flavor of hard ice cream. Our customers can also opt for a malt, root beer float or banana split.
What kind of special events do you support with catering?
We have done events like the Firecracker Festival, The Cardboard Boat Races and Pioneer Days. We also support socials at churches, schools, birthday parties, weddings, and other events.
What was your reaction when TripAdvisor named you the #5 ice cream shop in the U.S.?
It was amazing. The acknowledgement is a nice reflection on our great staff. My mom helps too along with local high school and college students. Kevin and I are proud of our entire team.
Where are you both originally from and when did you move to Englewood?
We are from the Cleveland area. I moved here in 2007 for school and Kevin came in 2010.
What do you love about your work and how do you resist eating ice cream all day?
We enjoy meeting people from all walks of life and from around the U.S. and other parts of the world. We also appreciate our local customers. You don’t resist eating the ice cream. You just call it quality control and that makes you feel less guilty.