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BG's Sundae Station has new owner PDF Print E-mail
Written by RACHEL GAST Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 23 March 2013 08:40
Shawn Crusa is the new owner of the Sundae Station in Bowling Green. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Shawn Crusa has made the daring-and delicious-decision to take over the Sundae Station ice cream shop on the west side of town. July 1 will mark his first full season as owner of the Sundae Station.
Crusa has thought about acquiring his own business since an early age but says he was "obviously too young to do it back then." He is excited to fulfill his childhood ambition.
Crusa let his excitement overpower his anxiety about taking over the well-known ice cream shop. Crusa and his team have revamped the lobby, focusing on efficiency. The Sundae Station has numerous new shelving units, "to get more organized and be more efficient when we're busy. The drive-through can get backed up and I make sure my employees focus on moving the line as fast as they can."
He has installed a triple-door stand up freezer, replacing the old ice chests. Other than that he has not needed to purchase any new equipment; according to Crusa, the biggest risk to running an ice cream shop is the possibility that a machine may break down.
The Sundae Station also has a new paint job, ensuring a bright lobby for the patrons. But the drive-through seems to be the biggest boon to Crusa's business. "It's convenient.  People don't have to get out of their car.  People will use the drive-through consistently, even when it's raining."
The heated lobby is a huge advantage on cold Bowling Green days. The temperature always sways Crusa's biggest decision-whether to get a cone or a cup for his ice cream.
"If it's a very hot day outside, I would recommend a cup." But "nothing is better than a cone on a 70 degree day." It all depends on how fast the ice cream is going to melt.
The Sundae Station's most popular flavor is the vanilla chocolate twist, followed by the sherbet twist. Crusa declares that their vanilla ice cream "is one of the creamiest soft-serves out there. The vanilla is kind of plain, but it's just hard to resist some days."
The vote on the cone is evenly split. "A decent amount of people choose a waffle cone, but the popular choice is still the standard cake cone."
If you're searching for a sundae, Crusa recommends the turtle sundae.
The Sundae Station is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

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