Ice cream truck operators to open sweet, full-time shop

“She had this vision and basically willed it into existence”

Sweetport: Ice cream truck operators opening a shop on Line Avenue in Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — The ice cream truck Sweetport has been serving homemade treats throughout Northwest Louisiana since August 2016.

Stopped by the shop this afternoon for a progress photo. I am going to try to get one a week now until we open.

Posted by Sweetport on Friday, January 3, 2020

Now for the truck’s owners and operators, Jeff and Nicole Spikes, a sweeter future is on the horizon.

“She had this vision and basically willed it into existence,” said Jeff.

"Everybody loves treats, right? Everybody loves ice cream,” said Nicole.

Jeff & I are working on the shop this weekend so if you drive by honk to encourage us to work faster.

Posted by Sweetport on Saturday, January 4, 2020

The two are opening a permanent shop on Line Avenue, right across the street from Byrd High School and amid a number of other businesses in Shreveport.

“The whole reason we started the truck was as something that would be creative and neat for the city,” said Jeff.

The couple said Sweetport has grown since they first began operating the truck, which Jeff attributes as one of the main reasons to open a shop.

“We feel like we’re on the 50-yard line of the activity in this area,” said Jeff. “I think the synergy of locals working together just kind of adds to the local economy and keeps our tax dollars here in town.”

Right next door to Sweetport’s new home is Antiques on Gladstone. Betsy Malone, the owner, said she’s thrilled to get to know her new neighbors.

“They brought me ice cream. It will be good for us to get some new business, too.”

The Spikes plan to open Sweetport’s doors in the spring. They also hope to develop a partnership with Byrd High.

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