Midway ice cream is the Bee’s Knees
July 15, 2011
Fill’er Up Coffee Station in Midway now has ice cream.
It will taste familiar to fans of the Yellow Snow Creamery, which closed at the end of the ski season. Fill’er Up owners Millie and Roger Medby purchased the machines, recipes and know-how.
It is now selling the high-quality, fresh ice cream and sorbets in Midway and at the Park City Farmer’s Market at Canyons every Wednesday and at the Park Silly Sunday Market.
Fill’er Up is at 201 East Main Street and was an old gasoline station that housed a school until recently.
The Medbys converted it into a coffee shop last year. The interior is full of antique signs and pedal cars playing up the historic filler station theme.
"It’s fun and family friendly," Millie said.
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The café sells soups, sandwiches, breakfast burritos, Belgian waffles, quiche and freshly-baked pastries. It was also a vendor of Yellow Snow Ice Cream, probably the company’s biggest wholesale customer, Millie said. They were afraid of losing the popular item when the Park City store closed.
"We knew we needed to take it over," she said.
The Medbys have rebranded it Bee’s Knees Ice Cream and introduced some of their own flavors. They even bought an authentic ice-cream truck through an Internet site.
"The ice cream is very creamy; it’s dense and super delicious the choice of flavors is really excellent," she said.
People like to eat something sweet with their coffee, so it was her husband’s idea to introduce ice cream, which has been very popular, she said
Bee’s Knees introduced a bacon and maple syrup flavor they served over waffles. It is also working on wine sorbets and a black walnut flavor as a tribute to Millie’s mother, who loved it.
At the café there’s a raffle to select the "flavor of the week." Making up new flavors is allowed, so they came up with a banana split ice cream for one week. Winners also have their pictures displayed for the week.
Pleasing children and the young-at-heart is important to Bee’s Knees. Every order comes with sprinkles and a frosted animal cracker.
So far, business is good. The Farmers Market stall stays busy and Fill’er Up has developed a loyal following and has seen good tourism traffic this summer, she said. Bee’s Knees can also be found at the Park Silly Sunday Market on Park City’s Main Street. The ice cream has even been driving business to the Midway café on other days.
"People love the ice cream; we’ve been selling out," she said.
Midway’s Main Street has seen multiple new restaurants open each summer, and Millie said it adds variety, not competition. Each caters to its own clientele and full-time residents love having options.
"It’s great that so much is happening on Main Street. We love it," she said.
Fill’er Up Coffee Station and Bee’s Knees Ice Cream
201 East Main Street, Midway
Open seven days a week