Theresa Blankenship is an entrepreneur through and through. She’s at her happiest when she’s brainstorming a new idea or working on her current (or next) creative venture. But just get her started talking about the ice cream creations that she serves as owner of Tibby Creamery and you might as well pull up a chair because you’re going to be there awhile.
“I’m a creature of change,” she said. “We’ve been in business here with Tibby Knoll for 10 to 15 years. In March, we decided to open the creamery.”
Blankenship sells vintage, upcycled and repurposed furniture, and handmade arts and crafts as the owner of Tibby Knoll. Some of those items are displayed in the little farmhouse-like building that houses Tibby Creamery.
“We outgrew our first building. For a while we operated out of a pop-up shop that we hauled around on a trailer,” she said. “But this new building has a commercial kitchen and more seating.”
You’ve probably heard about Tibby Creamery through Facebook or Instagram.
“I do a lot of social media,” Blankenship said. “But my main focus here at Tibby Creamery are the dishes we serve. Quality is a big thing with me; I never compromise on the quality of the ingredients.
“We put the time it takes into serving something delicious and creative,” she said. “That’s because we believe in giving our customers everything they expect and then some.”
Tibby Creamery starts with real ice cream — not soft-serve or custard — but that’s just the blank canvas. What they do with that ice cream is truly remarkable.
“We really go above and beyond with our ice cream creations; they’re more like art pieces, art pieces that you can eat!” she said.
“I have a great staff here. They’re always coming up with ideas, and I come up with ideas, and we work together and play with it until the dish satisfies all of us. So, there’s always something new and creative on the menu.”
Take the Happy Camper Moon Sundae; it has roasted marshmallows in it, or the Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie Sundae with a whole, homemade cinnamon roll. And when you order a banana split, well, let’s just say it’s not going to be the kind you get at Dairy Queen.
“We start with a great-big hunks of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream, adding fresh strawberries, pineapple and bananas, our homemade fudge and caramel, walnuts and pecans,” she said. “We finish it off with a big, chocolate-covered strawberry and three big dollops of whipped cream with a cherry on each dollop. I’m big on cherries.”
Try a Snicker Chocolate Relief Freak Shake or Tibby’s specialty: The Frozen Brown Cow, with their own blend of special Joe, frozen cream topped with whipped cream and coffee dust and your choice of Moo Mocha, Buttery Caramel or Sweet Cream Vanilla ice cream.
And bring your four-footed friend along for a Paw Paw Bowl with vanilla ice cream and a doggie bone.
“We make sure all of our customers go home satisfied,” Blankenship said.