Ice cream shop will move into space left by Fizz Soda Bar

David Floyd • Sep 11, 2019 at 5:44 PM

An Erwin ice cream shop will replace a beloved craft soda shop that recently vacated space on East Market Street in downtown Johnson City.

What’s the Scoop? Ice Cream Shop & Board Game Cafe announced on its Facebook page Monday that it would opening a location at 104 E. Market St. in Johnson City on Oct. 8. The space used to be home to Fizz Soda Bar, which sold specialty soft drinks, floats and ice cream.

The business said in the post that its Erwin location, 214 S. Main Ave., will close for the winter on Oct. 5.

“We’re super excited to be in Johnson City and be part of a thriving downtown community and just be able to serve the product that we serve at a more centrally located area,” Sharee Perciful, who owns What’s the Scoop? with her husband Kenneth, told the Johnson City Press on Wednesday.

She said the business is now seeking another Erwin location to replace the one on South Main Avenue.

“We haven’t been able to solidify a lease yet,” she said. “We have a couple of meetings lined up.”

The business said on Facebook that its hopes to be back open in Erwin in March or April of 2020.

Perciful said the space in Johnson City was appealing in part because of the cost. What’s the Scoop?, she said, also already has a presence in Johnson City four days out of the week.

“It just makes sense that we have a location there,” she said. “We have several followers that come down from Kingsport, so ... I think it will benefit the community to be centrally located.”

What’s the Scoop? participates in the Johnson City and East Tennessee State University farmers markets and various other events.

The company sells dairy and vegan ice cream supplied by The Hops Ice Cream Cafe in Asheville, North Carolina.

“They really care about what they’re putting out there, and that’s something that we value is top-notch ice cream,” Perciful said. “Not ice cream that you can just go and pick up at the store.”

The business also makes its own waffle cones and will keep the old soda fountain from Fizz Soda Bar to serve floats at the location in Johnson City.

Although they said they will bring a few short table games, the owners will not be bringing the board games from their Erwin location to Johnson City.

“This is not a big enough space to have a board game cafe,” Perciful said.

Fizz Soda Bar announced on Facebook in late August that it would be closing permanently on Sept. 1.

“We've been amazed at the reception to our little business and truly appreciate your support and patronage,” Fizz Soda Bar said in an August post to Facebook. “We will always cherish the countless number of friendships that we've made along the way.”