Ellicott City's Soft Stuff to hold grand opening Monday

Ellicott City's old-fashioned ice cream parlor is back, with more flavors and an indoor seating area. 

Soft Stuff, which sells soft-serve, nonfat yogurt and snowballs on the former site of the Forest Motel and Forest Diner, has been open since Aug. 1. On Monday, the shop will hold a grand-opening and ribbon-cutting with County Council member Courtney Watson. 

The ice cream parlor first opened in 1984, inspired by boardwalk soft serve vendors at Delaware's Rehoboth Beach. The shop closed in 2012 for a makeover to coincide with redevelopment of the surrounding area, a project called Forest Green Center, which will include apartments, restaurants and shops. 

According to its web site, Soft Stuff has expanded its selection to offer up to 32 flavors of ice cream, snow balls, milkshakes and sundaes. 

Once a wooden stand and winding ramp, with outdoor picnic tables for seating, the shop now has both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as customer restrooms. Pictures online show a wall painted with an ocean view, harkening back to the parlor's roots. 

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