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Sparky's: Great Ice Cream, Bad Art

Sparky's: Great Ice Cream, Bad Art

What better to keep you cool on a beautiful 110 degree day in Missouri than an ice cream cone? Need an excuse to get one every day? At Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream, there are enough fun flavor combinations that you could go everyday and never get sick of it – not that anyone ever gets sick of eating ice cream.

Whether you walk past 21 South 9th Street at 9 p.m. on a summer evening or on your lunch break on a steamy summer day, you'll probably see a line of people out the door of Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream. Since 2003, Sparky’s has been creating Columbia’s most unique flavors. From After School Snack, a blend of apples, bananas, peanut butter and cinnamon to traditional chocolate, Sparky's has flavors to satisfy both the pickiest and most adventurous tastebuds.

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While the flavors are an experience on their own, the atmosphere of Sparky’s adds to the culinary adventure. Inside, each ice cream lover is greeted by brightly colored walls covered in portraits of what employees call “bad art.” The eyes in each portrait seem to follow every scoop, lick and drip of the tasty temptations being served up.

Owner, Scott Southwick, spends much of his time on online thrift stores purchasing the obscure art for his walls (see that fun process HERE).

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The art makes a customer’s experience more than just a culinary one.

Southwick says he goes for art that is created by beginners 
 paintings, drawings and creations that “create a sense of wonder.” This sense of wonder is complemented nicely by the unique flavors that Sparky's workers invent daily. Each employee is invited to come up with new flavors as often as possible, so you always have an excuse to stop in and try something new.

Kids: $1.85 +tax
Regular: $3.23 +tax

Big: $3.92 +tax

Double: $4.38 +tax

Hours: 11:30 a.m.- 11p.m. daily

Wait time: 5 minutes or less

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