Waffles, bananas, and ice cream bars have have flooded the sidewalks of lower King Street as Jessica Tenberge sets out on her mission to share delicious, nutritious and affordable food with the community.
Tenberge and her family vacationed to California six years ago and stumbled across an ice cream shop that allowed you to pick and choose toppings for your own specialty made treat.
“I’m not really a fan of ice cream, but it was so good I went back five nights in a row,” Tenberge said. Her and her family resided in Maine at the time, and upon returning home began craving the popsicles again.
“We couldn’t find anything like it, so I just started making them at home,” she continued.
Tenberge and her husband are the parents of twins, and it didn’t take long for the family to want different toppings each night. “We just set up different toppings and let the boys dip into different things.”
Tenberge has continued these traditions into her storefront, Holy Sticks, located at 351 King St., bringing all ages in to create the popsicle (or waffle) of their dreams. She continues to make all ice cream bars in house, and searches to buy her products from local farmers and organizations.
“I traveled to four states, spent six months trying to perfect the chocolate coating,” Tenberge said, “now I’m constantly in the kitchen cooking up something different.”
Tenberge hopes to start adding flavors of the month to her menu, including an oat and cranberry or caramel pumpkin spice for the holidays.
Currently some of their most popular flavors are cookies and cream, vanilla and salted caramel. Holy Sticks offers vegan options as well, including the frozen banana, vanilla almond, and coconut blueberry.
Be careful though, she rotates flavors out frequently since they are made fresh every day! Other items like warm waffles on popsicle sticks and fun fruit filled sodas are also on the menu.
She explained that they are very conscious of allergies, so if you have any concerns speak up about it and they will work something out for you.
While ice cream is fun, it isn’t Tenberge’s end goal. “I’d love to shut down the store once a month and invite people in to educate them about eating healthy on a budget,” Tenberge shared. She has a nutrition degree, and is already looking at ways to give back to the community.
The store front is open from 12-11 Monday through Friday, and 11-11 on Saturdays. They remain closed on Sundays.
“We have free wifi! Come in and get comfortable,” Tenberge said.