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Sweet Charlie’s rolled ice cream to open in Dawson County this week
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Sweet Charlie’s rolled ice cream is coming to Dawson County on Saturday, June 26, and will offer rolled ice cream, baked goods and other desserts to the Dawson County community. - photo by Alexander Popp

A brand new dessert shop, Sweet Charlie’s, will open in Dawson County this week, offering rolled ice cream creations, cookies, milkshakes and more to the community. 

Rolled ice cream, according to Sweet Charlie’s Dawsonville owner Pinkesh Patel, is a product originally from Thailand and involves dessert ingredients being frozen into ice cream on a -20 degree slab, before being scraped into thick rolls.  

Patel said that throughout the process of making rolled ice cream, customers are treated to visual experience, as they watch the ingredients mixed, frozen and rolled right in front of them.

“Rolled ice cream tastes like any other ice cream, the quality is much better and everything is fresh, but it’s about the experience that the customer gets when they get their ice cream,” Patel said. “That’s the most important.” 

Because of that highly interactive experience, Patel said that the process is especially exciting for kids. 

“The kids go crazy; I have a 4-year-old nephew and I made ice cream for him yesterday and he couldn’t stop jumping up and down — he didn’t even eat the ice cream,” Patel said. “Kids have a blast when they see the ice cream rolled up, or let’s say we have it all spread out and a kid wants chocolate on their ice cream; we can write their name on there, draw a heart, draw a cartoon, be creative and make a kid’s day.”

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Sweet Charlie’s Dawsonville owner Pinkesh Patel will open his rolled ice cream shop in Dawson County on Saturday, June 26. - photo by Alexander Popp

Sweet Charlie's was originally supposed to open last summer, but with the COVID-19 pandemic and other complications, the opening was unable to happen. Now, a year later, Patel is finally ready to bring delicious rolled ice cream to Dawson County. 

Patel used to manage a Sweet Charlie’s location in Warner Robins, but he said that since he’d been managing the other location of the franchise and was comfortable with the concept, he decided to take the leap and open his own location in Dawson County. 

“I was running the store by myself anyway, so I said why not just try to open my own and be my own boss,” Patel said. “Dawson County is an up-and-coming community; it’s still being developed and the outlets pull in a lot of business so I feel like there’s a lot of tourists coming to shop there that would come in here for dessert.” 

Sweet Charlie’s will offer several of the most popular flavor options as the shop’s standards, but Patel said that something else that makes the shop unique is that everything is completely customizable. 

“You can customize your ice cream as well; these are just our main flavors that the most customers request, but anything that you see in there you can mix and match,” Patel said. “So you can get the cinnamon toast with the strawberries or the brownie bites with the birthday cake — you can really make it your own.” 

The ice cream base is delivered fresh twice a day directly from a local farm and comes in several options including nonfat frozen yogurt and vegan ice cream. 

“We try to cater to all types of customers; the ones that have diabetes, the ones that can’t eat sugar, high blood pressure, all that stuff,” Patel said. “The base is what makes the taste so good, cause it’s fresh, coming twice a week from a farm, and that’s what makes us different from anyone else.”

According to Patel, once his staff gets the hang of making the ice cream rolls turnaround time for an order should be about two minutes or less.

In addition to the rolled ice cream, Sweet Charlie’s will also offer waffles, donuts, coffee, milkshakes, ice cream cones, soft-serve ice cream and ice cream cookie sandwiches. 

Patel said that once his store is up and running, he has several ideas of how to improve and grow it further. 

“There’s gonna be a thing where every month I’m gonna have a specific flavor just in this shop that’s dedicated to something like Dawsonville, the Hawks, the Falcons, the soccer team, locals, local kids,” Patel said. "Also down the road, I wanna have a QR code where customers can give me their feedback on something on the menu they don’t see or wanna add.” 

Patel is also excited to find ways to partner with other businesses near him, like offering customers of the dog spa next door to his business a free “Pup Cup” in exchange for a social media post about Sweet Charlie’s. 

“I got something set up next door with the dog grooming place so every dog that comes in over there gets a free Pup Cup as long as you tag us on social media,” Patel said. “So if customers have dogs they’re more than welcome to bring them and we’ll give them a Pup Cup.” 

So far, Patel said that the reception from the Dawson County community has been favorable, with community members just as excited as he is about officially opening his store. 

“It’s been amazing,” Patel said. “People are so excited and they’ve been waiting just as I’ve been waiting trying to open.” 

Now that he’s finally ready to open, Patel said that he’s both nervous and excited to start making his mark on the county. 

"It’s nerve-racking but I’m ready to serve the community and see what all this is all about,” Patel said. “And I hope they like it — it’s been a long time coming.” 

Sweet Charlie’s is located at 391 Quill Drive in Dawson County and will officially open on Saturday, June 26 at noon. The store will be open Sunday through Thursday from noon to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.

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According to Sweet Charlie’s Dawsonville owner Pinkesh Patel, one of the best parts of rolled ice cream is the visual experience it gives customers while it is mixed, frozen and rolled. - photo by Alexander Popp

According to Patel, once his staff gets the hang of making the ice cream rolls turnaround time for an order should be about two minutes or less.

In addition to the rolled ice cream, Sweet Charlie’s will also offer waffles, donuts, coffee, milkshakes, ice cream cones, soft-serve ice cream and ice cream cookie sandwiches. 

Patel said that once his store is up and running, he has several ideas of how to improve and grow it further. 

“There’s gonna be a thing where every month I’m gonna have a specific flavor just in this shop that’s dedicated to something like Dawsonville, the Hawks, the Falcons, the soccer team, locals, local kids,” Patel said. "Also down the road, I wanna have a QR code where customers can give me their feedback on something on the menu they don’t see or wanna add.” 

Patel is also excited to find ways to partner with other businesses near him, like offering customers of the dog spa next door to his business a free “Pup Cup” in exchange for a social media post about Sweet Charlie’s. 

“I got something set up next door with the dog grooming place so every dog that comes in over there gets a free Pup Cup as long as you tag us on social media,” Patel said. “So if customers have dogs they’re more than welcome to bring them and we’ll give them a Pup Cup.” 

So far, Patel said that the reception from the Dawson County community has been favorable, with community members just as excited as he is about officially opening his store. 

“It’s been amazing,” Patel said. “People are so excited and they’ve been waiting just as I’ve been waiting trying to open.” 

Now that he’s finally ready to open, Patel said that he’s both nervous and excited to start making his mark on the county. 

"It’s nerve-racking but I’m ready to serve the community and see what all this is all about,” Patel said. “And I hope they like it — it’s been a long time coming.” 

Sweet Charlie’s is located at 391 Quill Drive in Dawson County and will officially open on Saturday, June 26 at noon. The store will be open Sunday through Thursday from noon to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.

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