It’s a nightmare for a small-business owner. The sound of an alarm, the security company telling you you’ve been broken into in the middle of the night, these are things that haunt you.

Last weekend at 2:30 a.m. someone decided to break the door of Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream at the corner of Old Shell and Florida. The would-be thief thought he’d disabled the power source to the alarm but realized his error after he overhanded a flower pot through the glass entrance. The sound of the siren sent him running without any loot.

Cammie and crew were able to clean up the mess and realized the foolish wannabe burglar had killed the power to a freezer, but 100 percent of the product was rescued in time. News travels fast, and by Monday afternoon the parlor was having a record-setting day with customers showing their love.

“I received countless private messages and phone calls from people trying to help,” Cammie said. “I had one of my busiest days on Monday. I was blown away by the support from everyone. I hope they catch him before he can vandalize another business.”

Everything is business as usual. You can get your back-to-school ice cream like you always do. The latest flavor is Strawberries and Sweet Cream. No ice cream was harmed in this event. Ice cream worth risking incarceration.


Bojangles opened this week

By the time you read this, if all went well, the Bojangles’ Famous Chicken and Biscuits on Dauphin Street near I-65 should be open. The grand opening was scheduled for Monday, Aug. 13, with doors opening at 6 a.m. It’s now a battle for the chicken breakfast biscuit with the newly renovated Chick-fil-A across the street. Let’s get it on!


Poke Luau gaining fans

Pinebrook Shopping Center always has its share of congestion at the corner of Airport and Azalea, but the traffic is getting heavier thanks to the newest restaurant, Poke Luau.

Shortly after its July 21 grand opening, word spread quickly that this place is legit. I was getting messages and phone calls about how good it is, time and again hearing the words “fresh” and “nice people” in the descriptions.

Customize a poke bowl or a burrito. Currently the lunch rush may slow you down, but I hear it’s worth the wait.


Wintzell’s of Fairhope closes

It’s hard to think of a reason why a Wintzell’s anywhere would close, given the fantastic oysters available to us these days. But sadly, our Fairhope friends will have to head to another location to find that awesome gumbo, West Indies salad and fried, nude or stewed. You will be missed.

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