Big Dipper Creamery, which was one of the original tenants of Tulsa’s Mother Road Market, is opening its second location in Sand Springs, and a grand opening celebration is planned for Thursday.
The celebration will begin at 12:30 p.m. at 120 N. Main St.
As part of the festivities, free mini scoops will be provided to kids younger than 12 all day.
Owners and operators Sami and Brian Cooper are graduates of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation’s kitchen incubator program, Kitchen 66.
Big Dipper Creamery, which offers handmade artisanal ice cream using locally sourced ingredients, opened its Mother Road Market location in 2018.
The new location will serve as a production facility to enable expanded operations and a retail shop in Sand Springs, which is Sami Cooper’s hometown.
“We decided to expand our business into Sand Springs because we believe our town is ready to support new and innovative businesses,” she said.
“As a third-generation food entrepreneur in Sand Springs, we look forward to carrying on that family tradition. We love what we do and we're so happy to share that with our community.”
Cooper comes from a family of restaurateurs, including her grandparents, who owned local favorite Lee’s Drive-in, where her grandfather had the first soft-serve twist machine in Oklahoma. Her parents owned the Crescent Cafe.
The new Big Dipper Creamery location features a mural by local artist Veronica Foster, inspired by the original stained glass that sits above the front entryway.
Big Dipper specializes in small-batch ice cream with unique flavor combinations. While the shops feature a line of regular flavors, such as Honeycomb Lavender, Almond Toffee with Salted Ganache and Roasted Strawberry, Sami Cooper continually crafts new flavors.
Among the more recent offerings have been “Ponyboy,” a mix of malted sweet cream, chocolate and brownie, named for the main character from “The Outsiders”; “Mama’s Buttered Rolls,” with sweet bread rolls drenched in vanilla bean glaze and paired with salted sweet cream; and “Okie Afternoon,” flavored with homemade blackberry jam and buttery oat streusel.
The Mother Road Market location remains open, and the hours are the same for both shops: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.