Chillz ice cream shop open for business

By Eric Christiansen

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Following a family theme, North Manchester native and Purdue University student Janzin Cripe dove into the business world.

Chillz, a new ice cream shop located at 1302 State Road 114 W, opened Sunday, July 1.

The shop sits on the same property of Rhinestones & Roses, owned by his sisters Josi Cripe and Jentri Cripe.

“One of the reasons my family wanted to do this is that we felt there was a need here, and we heard that from a lot of people,” Cripe said. “There was that outdoor experience that was lacking.

“You can just come hang out and meet people, and hang out with friends. I really wanted to bring that here.”

Cripe, a 2016 Manchester Jr.-Sr. High School graduate, is majoring in economics with an entrepreneurial minor.

“The past school year, I was looking at my future, and what kind of internship that would fit me and my personality,” Cripe said.

He said that he went to career fairs and talked to numerous companies, but didn't find what he was looking for.

“I figured why not start something on my own?,” he said.

The Cripe family discussed the idea of starting the ice cream shop, and Cripe said, “Let's do it. What's the harm in trying?”

Chillz offers 20 flavors of ice cream, from cherry amaretto, to lemon cheesecake bar to mint chocolate chips and butter pecan.

“We wanted to be competitive with everyone else so people didn't feel like they were losing flavors and variety here,” Cripe said.

One difference that Chillz offers from other ice cream is adding toppings to each scoop.

“We top everything,” Cripe said. “You can get just ice cream, but you have to specifically say that's what you want.

“I don't want to be a boring ice cream place. It's really good ice cream, but I want it to be special. I want it to be ice cream, and [people] say, 'Wow, that looks amazing.'”

Chillz' toppings include gummy worms, Nutter Butter, Oreos and Fruity Pebbles.

Along with the variety of ice cream, Cripe added an element that he hopes will offer his customers a fun experience.

“We will have music playing, a fire pit and cornhole,” he said. “People can sit around at night and have a good time. We'll have marshmallows, so we can have smores, and, also, we have smores ice cream.”

Cripe plans add food, including gourmet grilled cheese.

“I just want people to know that when they come here, their business is greatly appreciated,” he said. “No matter how small or large their order is, I want them to be satisfied and want to come back.”

Chillz is open noon to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

Cripe said that the hours could change, based on customer feedback.

“I take so much value in what every customer wants,” he said,  “and I appreciate everyone who comes here.”

Posted on 2018 Jul 10