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We're Open: Gelati Celesti Ice Cream in Virginia Beach

Posted at 2:07 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 19:17:33-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Just one glance and you can see it's indescribably, heavenly good.

"It's rich, dense, creamy ice cream," said Suzy Rosser, General Manager of Gelati Celesti.

The ice cream at Gelati Celesti is made in small batches using handmade Italian equipment.

"Virginia Beach has been really welcoming towards us," said Rosser.

The location in Virginia Beach is one of six; all others are in Richmond. They started scooping in the Hilltop area in late May of last year.

"This business was growing so much in Virginia Beach, we have customers coming every day saying they haven't been here before but driven by with our prominent street front," said Rosser.

Then the coronavirus crept in, souring some of the already steady sales.

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"Our sales are down a bit, but we are actually doing really well and growing and our adapting," she said.

During the height of the virus in March, Gelati Celesti started a walk-up window and drive thru service, but now that restrictions have eased a bit, they have converted that area into beautiful outdoor patio.

"It was a little bittersweet closing the drive thru, but we realized we needed seating for folks looking to get out of their house a bit more," said Rosser.

Because what better way to bring a bit of comfort during these stressful times, then a sweet trip to the ice cream parlor.

"Our mission is to provide a moment of pure joy, if you are having a bad day you are going to walk out happy," said Rosser.

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