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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 05-14-2020

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6 BLACKSTONE MAY 14-20, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION BLACKSTONE – Six months ago, Autumn Schandelmayer-Davis and Justin Watson had no idea they would be running an ice cream shop this summer, much less opening a new business in the middle of a pan- demic. But earlier this month, that's exact- ly what they did, serving their first San Diego Sunday's ice cream out of the ice cream window at the Family Grocer on Main Street. Schandelmayer-Davis, an art education director for ArtSpan in Lexington, Mass., said she got the idea in February when the store posted online they were looking for a new tenant for the ice cream win- dow. At the time, she was looking for an opportunity to work closer to her home in Blackstone, and COVID-19 had not yet upended the town's busi- nesses. "Being a resident of Blackstone, having a kid here, there needs to be someplace nice and safe and com- fortable for these kids to hang out," she said. She and Watson signed a lease for the space on March 16, the day after Gov. Charlie Baker announced the closure of dine-in restaurants. Since then, she said, they've had a huge amount of support from the town's Board of Health figuring out how to open safely during the pandemic. "To be honest, I think it's kind of been a pick-me-up for a lot of peo- ple," she said. Despite the safety measures, the couple said they've seen a steady stream of customers at the window, which is located on the far side of the building near the bike path park- ing lot. Schandelmayer-Davis said she thinks the takeout format gives people a sense of security during the situation, with many customers grab- bing ice cream to-go for their fami- lies. They also serve burgers, and have seen many customers who are just tired of cooking at home. The name, she explained, comes from an ill-fated road trip she took with her daughter some years ago when she hoped to move to California for work. Though she never made it to San Diego, the trip served as a fresh start and gave her a new outlook on life. Now, facing another new challenge, she's hoping the name will bode well for the new venture. "Sunday," meanwhile, is the fam- ily's favorite day of the week. "It's just the day we all hang out together," she explained. The couple is hoping the ice cream shop will become a hangout spot for families in the future, but for now, they're asking customers to wear masks and follow social distancing requirements. That includes fol- lowing the colorful walkway that instructs customers on where to stand to stay six feet apart. Once social distancing measures are lifted, she said, they plan to put out patio tables and expand their menu to include salads and breakfast items. "All the flexibility has given us a lot of freedom to channel in on other areas we might not have been able to," she said. San Diego Sunday's is open seven days per week from noon to 8:30 p.m. San Diego Sunday's serving ice cream 'social distancing' style By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM AUTUMN SCHANDELMAYER-DAVIS, her daughter, HOPE, and boyfriend, JUSTIN WATSON opened San Diego Sunday's in the ice cream window at the Family Grocer on May 2. e Villa at Saint Antoine e Ultimate in Assisted Living 401-767-2574 www.stantoine.net e Villa at Saint Antoine e Ultimate in Assisted Living 401-767-2574 www.stantoine.net 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204 Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Phone 401-334-9555 Fax 401-334-9994 Website valleybreeze.com •Commitment to Quality •Dependable •Trusted •Accurate •Inspirational Making our communities stronger by telling their stories In our 25 years of existence, we've been all of this and more. From the beginning, we've believed that a hyper-local news model is what best serves OUR READERS. The Breeze is free to our readers, and will remain free, but our hope is that those readers with the resources to invest in journalism where they live will choose to take a more active role in this local news success story, joining advertisers in helping to bring it to the people each and every week. Please consider supporting The Valley Breeze today – Visit valleybreeze.com and click the support button

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