Drip coffee shop plans to open Five Points gelato shop

ccope@thestate.comSeptember 10, 2013 

The Drip coffe shop in Five Points will be expanding its seating and the owner will also open a gelato shop in the building next door.

CASSIE COPE

— Five Points is getting a little sweeter.

The owner of Drip coffee shop plans to open a hand-crafted gelato, or Italian ice cream, shop adjacent to his Five Points location on Saluda Avenue.

Sean McCrossin received approval Tuesday from the Columbia Board of Zoning Appeals for a parking variance in order to open the shop, which will serve frozen treats.

He anticipates the shop, which he let his 8-year-old daughter name “Scoopy-Doo,” will be open by next spring.

There will be a small retail space, which will sell products like T-shirts, mugs and coffee brewing kits.

The gelato shop will help Five Points retailers in many aspects, McCrossin said, such as attracting more families to the area. People want a place to feel a connection, he said.

And the gelato shop will be perfect for those already out shopping.

“You’re already in the mood to treat yourself, an ice cream is a great way to complement that,” he said.

Reach Cope at 803-771-8657 or on Twitter @cassielcope.

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