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DISH ON DINING: Here's the scoop on new Celtic Creamery

An ice cream shop that has been drawing long lines in Carolina Beach is coming to downtown Hendersonville.

Kim Hogan plans to open Celtic Creamery later this month at 227 Seventh Avenue East in a building that has been a bank, real estate office and, most recently, Hogan’s Zip Zap Income Tax. Hogan is duplicating a shop her brother, Jeff Hogan, owns and operates at the beach.
Made from a recipe that started in Ballybunion County, Kerry, Ireland, the ice cream is made on site. Flavors currently at the Carolina Beach shop are Voluptuous Vanilla, From the Sea and Bee (sea salt, caramel, and honey), Heath, Mint To Be, Cookies and Cream, Chocolicious Chocolate, ‘Oh No’ Cookie Dough, Scrumbumptious Strawberry and Irish Butter Pecan. The creamery offers 12 toppings plus lime, bubblegum, vanilla, strawberry, white chocolate, raspberry, chocolate and caramel syrups
The menu also includes seven signature sundaes ($7) plus the $20 Tummy Trembler — six scoops of ice cream over a split banana and surrounded by eight hot donuts and topped with fresh cream, cookie pieces, Oreos, marshmallows, chocolate shavings and hot chocolate. There’s also the Cookie Monster (fresh oven baked cookie covered with ice cream, chocolate shavings and hot chocolate sauce) and cinnamon glazed mini donuts.
Hogan traveled to Ireland to learn how to make the ice cream and last week she took five employees to train at her brother’s creamery. She’s supervising the last of the renovation, which includes outdoor tables with umbrellas and a drive-thru window.
“We’ll have 14 flavors at all times and then we’ll have seven or eight the same and switch in seasonal,” she said. “For peach season, we’ll have peach ice cream. … I’m going to manage it until I can find a manager, until tax season starts next year.”
Hours are noon-10 p.m. seven days a week.