Photo: A sign marks the new location of Geauxsicles at 1817 E. 70th Street in Shreveport.
Long before Shreveport-Bossier discovered local craft beer or farm-to-table dining, we were wooed by Geauxsicles, a family-run shop serving locally made “gourmet ice pops.” Founded in 2010 at their original location on Youree Drive, Geauxsicles shuttered that store and dropped off of the radar for a while in 2014. Now, they’ve reopened at a location that owner Erin Bailey calls “a forever home” at 1817 E. 70th Street in Shreveport. The business has also branched out to include a catering arm, Good to Geaux, and will soon add a grab-and-go meals section at the E. 70th Street location. Hours at the new location are 2-6 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.
“This is a much different space,” Bailey said while showing me around the new location. “We have a large front room that we plan to rent out for private parties, birthday parties and smaller events.”
That front room looks like it’d be comfortable for groups up to 45 in size. Space is ample at the new location, and Bailey said that she’s got lots of plans in the works, including a patio and more. To get to the new Geauxsicles location, you’ve got to find it first – the shop is located behind Everett Jewelry and isn’t easily spotted from the street. But Bailey sees a silver lining in the less-hectic new location.
“The vibe of this location is different,” she said. “It’s not as frantic, you can hang out for a while and enjoy your pop. It’s a cool spot.”
About those pops: I didn’t realize how much I’d missed the cookie macster – Geauxsicles’s take on cookies and cream – until I had one while talking with Bailey. There are more sophisticated flavors at Geauxsicles, including pops like hot passion (pineapple and passion fruit with jalapeño) and crantastic (blood orange, cranberry, pineapple and orange zest), but the cookie macster is just instant joy for anyone with a sweet tooth. Right now, there are 16 flavors on the menu board and, like always, Geauxsicles plans to experiment with some adventurous, small-batch flavors in the near future.
Pops run $3.68 each, and are all made from scratch by the Geauxsicles team. If you’ve never had a local gourmet ice pop, or if you’ve missed Geauxsicles during the closure of their retail shop, stop by and let them know that Shreveport-Bossier still has love for Geauxsicles.