Buildout on a new Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream is expected to get underway next month in Southlake. The planned Handel’s at 2645 E. Southlake Blvd. is owned by Nicholas Clark and several of his family members. Clark told What Now Dallas that the new Handel’s could open in Southlake by mid-May if not sooner.
The Southlake spot will be the first for Clark and his family—Vanessa Sheriff, Clark’s mother; Deric Sheriff, his stepfather; and Peter Clark, his father. “The brand is something that we got familiarized with through Craig Moore, who owns the north Dallas locations,” Clark said. There are currently five Handel’s ice cream shops in North Texas.
“My stepdad is a police officer, and my mom was a paramedic. My dad’s a firefighter, so we weren’t really into any of this business stuff. And then, we met Craig, and he helped us out and put us down this path,” Clark said.
“The thing about Handel’s is all the ice cream is made from scratch in the store. That’s been our history with businesses. We have a Nothing Bundt Cakes store. We have a Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, as well. Our favorite thing is businesses that their number one thing is the quality of their product and making it from scratch,” Clark explained. “That’s what we gravitated towards is just getting the best ice cream that you can get.”
Local Handel’s stores feature 45 ice cream flavors daily. One of Clark’s favorite flavors at Handel’s is Graham Central Station, which is made of graham ice cream with graham cracker ripple and chocolate-covered crunchies. Other ice cream flavors include coffee, praline pecan, and chocolate with Oreo. Sherbets and vegan sorbets are also available.
Guests can get their favorite flavors in a cone or dish. Ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, shakes, banana splits, and the Hurricane, which features vanilla ice cream blended with a selection of candies, are also available. Plus, Handel Pops are made with Handel’s homemade vanilla, chocolate, or mint chocolate chip ice cream covered in chocolate and served on a stick for easy handling. You can also get your ice cream by the pint or the quart.
“I’d say people typically get the ice cream in a cup,” he said. “I guess it really depends on how it will be out in Southlake though. Maybe we’ll be a shake city.” Clark and his family are also planning to open other Handel’s locations in Arlington and Mansfield.