04/26/11 – By J.R. Bailey
For two weeks now weather threatened to dampen the opening of the Lansdowne Cone ice cream shop(659 Lansdowne Ave., just South of Bloor and Lansdowne). Luckily, the opening day, April, 23rd turned out to be a great day in Toronto with temperatures reaching the high teens by the afternoon.
In the end Andrew Helfrich, 24, and his partner Alex Sinclair, also 24, would have been hard pressed to pick a better day to open their new Bloordale ice cream shop.
Growing up just west of the Bloordale area the two proprietors of The Lansdowne Cone were always inclined to icy treats. They both worked on the other side of the ice cream business for a family ice cream concern in the west end. Helfrich along with Sinclair both worked in the manufacturing and delivery of the delicious treat. “Just eight months ago I was driving the truck delivering the ice cream”, Helfrich says.
Helfrich and Sinclair put themselves through school working in the ice cream business and it was through this experience that they saw an opportunity. Helfrich says he saw the success of the businesses they were delivering to and he thought they could do the same thing.
“We love the area first of all, (it’s) a great area it just needed an ice cream shop, it’s the one thing that was missing.” Was Helfrich’s reply when asked why the pair chose to open the shop in the Bloordale.
The Lansdowne Cone offers most of the usual wares that can be found in many ice cream shops. Perennial favourites like Mint Chocolate Chip and more exotic flavours like mango and pomegranate can be had for $2.25 for a kid’s size to $3.75 for a large cone. The ice cream shop’s specialty however is its sundaes. These are priced from $4.50 to $5.50 and Helfrich has his own personal favourite. The Peanut Butter Smother Sundae contains peanut butter chocolate ice cream, hot chocolate fudge, mini peanut butter cups, and peanut butter chip-its. “The perfect blend of chocolate and peanut butter,” says Helfrich.
The pair were surprised by the opening day turn out which was strong despite minimal advertising. The shop’s website can be found at thelansdownecone.com where there is a twitter account to match.