Seven years after opening Dom’s Coffee on Main Street in Avon, Asta Plankiene and her husband, Andrius Plankis, are taking their flavors in a new direction with the opening of Dom’s Creamery, an upscale ice cream shop next door to Dom’s Coffee .
The Avon couple, who attended the Scoop School in Missouri, make their own ice cream. Their flavors go where few ice cream parlors go. During the soft opening on Wednesday, the most popular flavor was charcoal. “It’s activated charcoal, with a sweet taste,” Plankis said.
The pair also make a rich and uniquely textured Fig and Parmesan Ice Cream made with premium Reggiano, dairy-free oat-cinnamon milk, intensely peanuty PBJ, sweet potato-based ‘Ube’ violet, a vanilla with just a touch of lavender and a honey latte.
“Honey latte is a very popular drink in our cafe,” Plankiene said. “A lot of our flavors come from the beverages in our cafe.”
They also have a traditional range: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, coffee, banana, berry sorbet, mint chocolate chips, pistachio.
Unlike many mint chocolate chips, the ice cream is not green, but contains green splotches of mint leaves. The pistachio does not look like an ordinary pistachio. Banana ice cream is not yellow. “Everything is natural. No dyes,” Plankis said.
They originally planned to open the creamery last summer. “A lot has happened. It was hard to get things, to get people. The supply chain. Everything took forever. You had no choice, and no one cared if you were around crying,” Plankis said.
Plankiene added, “We wanted it to look super nice, so we were okay with not opening until we really felt it was ready to go,” she said.
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The shop’s interior is cheerful and bright, with pastel green benches that look like a gentle swirl, clusters of multicolored balloons, and a mural by abstract artist Alex Proba. The boutique has an upstairs function room for parties and meetings.
A glazed terrace faces Route 44. “We love this room so much. People will drive by and see people eating ice cream and want to come in too,” Plankiene said.
In addition to ice cream — $5.50 a scoop, $6.50 for two, $7.50 for three, in boutique-made cones — Dom’s sells a lovely little flight of ice cream, a tasting platter of six flavors, for $10. The soft serve, available in vanilla, chocolate, and swirl, is $4.
Milkshakes ($9), espresso milkshakes ($10), cold brew floats ($8.50), and coffees are on the menu. The pancakes ($12 to $14) and Belgian waffles in syrup and powdered sugar ($8) are made by Plankis’ mother, Gitana Plankiene. Pancakes come in breakfast varieties, salmon, ham, pesto-mozzarella, vanilla ice cream, berries, Nutella, figs, and cream cheese.
Cookies for ice cream sandwiches are made by Lyubov Davydova, who also cooks for Dom’s Coffee. The ice cream is available in pints and popsicles. Peanut butter or vanilla ice cream for dogs comes in a cute paw-shaped popsicle. Dogs are welcome outside only.
Dom’s Creamery, at 16 West Main St. in Avon, will be open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. facebook.com/domscreameryct.
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