The Charmery, Hampden's corner ice cream parlor, has closed for two weeks so the owners can renovate and rejuvenate. And when they return, owners David and Laura Alima will reopen with flavors from Jamaica.
The husband-and-wife team that owns the shop closes it this time each year to touch up the space, at 801 W. 36th St., and take some time off.
Last year, they traveled to Mexico City, and infused their ice cream with chocolate mole sauce upon their return. This year, the Alimas are heading to Jamaica, where David Alima said he plans on sampling ice cream and bringing back island flavors to Baltimore.
"I'll see what inspires me," he said.
When the shop reopens Jan. 15, customers will notice a new grab-and-go freezer with pints of Charmery ice cream, new cushions on the seats and a fresh coat of paint. The shop is also making changes in the kitchen to make the back of the house more efficient.
"The problem is we're open seven days a week so we never have a chance to do even the little things around the shop that need to get done," Alima said. "We like to have everything look bright and shiny when we reopen."
The Charmery opened in 2013 and is known for its rotating ice cream flavors, many of which are Baltimore-inspired. Some of the shop's regular flavors include Maryland Mud, Berger Cookies & Cream and Old Bay Caramel.