About Us

Introduction

Sanibel’s Best Homemade Ice Cream & Patisserie

are brought to you by a hand-picked team of ice cream, chocolate and bakery professionals, all dedicated to one goal:

Providing you exceptional product quality and a wonderful guest experience.

Owner Laurie Verme and General Manager Alice Verme

Owner Laurie Verme brings broad based experience and a passion for quality to Sanibel. Laurie built her career in food service as a McDonald’s franchisee in Long Island. Drawn to Florida, she purchased a premier resort in Ft Lauderdale, fought through the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma, and finally achieved her dream to settle on Sanibel Island in 2017,

Alice grew up in the resort business but has food service in her blood, becoming the master ice cream maker and general manager overseeing all operations.

The popular ice cream shop and bakery, known for many years on Sanibel’s East End, still focuses on handcrafted products, unique presentations, friendly staff and generous portions. But upgrades and innovations have characterized the business since Laurie and Alice took the helm.

We have perfected our “homemade” ice cream recipes by removing all artificial bases, making the ice cream creamier than ever before, without the buildup of ice particles. Now there will always be a larger variety of ice cream, gelato, sorbeto and sherbet, for everyone to enjoy. We offer an array of wonderful pastries as well as artisanal sandwiches, quiches, and decadent cakes.

Our Company Tradition

Sanibel’s Best Homemade Ice Cream and The Sanibel Chocolate Shop and Patisserie follow the company’s tradition of supporting community groups and advocating for what makes Sanibel Island special.  Alicia Clark, PTA President with Laurie and Alice Verme

A representative sample are Captains for Clean Water, The Sanibel School PTA, The Annual Sanibel Thanksgiving Celebration, Let’s Pink Out, The Sanibel Captiva American Business Women’s Association, The Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce and The Island Government Affairs Committee.

Laurie and Alice believe in the magic of the island, the inherent good nature of the island community and the importance of family. Be sure to look for Laurie’s Dad handing out free samples on busy days!

Alicia Clark, PTA President with Laurie and Alice Verme

WELCOME AND ENJOY OUR JOURNEY

This forty year old iconic ice cream store’s name may have changed but the Ice Cream is “absolutely the best On-Island”!!  Unfortunately, due to situations beyond the Verme’s control, the name had to change. 

Owner Laurie Verme purchased the business on November 1st, 2017.  She brings broad based experience and a passion for quality to Sanibel. Laurie built her career in food service as a McDonald’s owner/franchisee in Long Island, NY.  Drawn to Florida, she purchased a premier resort in Ft Lauderdale, fought through the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma, and finally achieved her dream to settle on Sanibel Island, 

In 2017, Alice, her daughter was attending Clark University in Massachusetts where she received a 95% scholarship for academics and athletics.  Alice gave up her medical future to assist her “mom” with a vision along with aspirations of a successful future making ice cream and achieving her “Ice Cream Dreams” goals to come true.

The popular ice cream shop, known for many years on Sanibel’s East End, continues to focus on handcrafted products and unique presentations. When the name changed both Laurie and Alice wanted to take this “almost perfect” ice cream and make it BETTER!  One may ask, “How could this possibly be accomplished”??  Well this is how it happened…Laurie asked a true and dear friend, (also in the ice cream industry) Mrs. Mandy McGovern for an “expert Ice Cream maker” suggestion then hired this expert (40+ years) from Meadville, PA to fly down to Sanibel and teach all how to make a better (if not perfect) “Homemade Ice Cream”.  We studied, practiced, removed the “artificial base” and increased the milk fat content to make a more natural, no artificial ice cream base which results in a creamier (no more icicles), smoother, tastier product!  This is what we wanted from the very beginning…and now it’s happening!!  The results are:

THE ABSOLUTE VERY BEST HOMEMADE ICE CREAM ON-ISLAND!

In addition to the “new” ice cream, we now make our own waffle cones!  When you walk into the store it smells like a confectionary dream. 

Laurie, Alice, along with the store’s manager Shane strive for “Q,S,C”. (a phrase Laurie learned back in her McDonald’s days).  QUALITY, SERVICE & CLEANLINESS!  Our main focus will always follow the traditions of  handcrafted products, unique presentations, friendly staff, clean environment and generous portions.

Please stop by and say “Hi”!  Laurie, Alice, Shane and the rest of our staff welcome all of our Sanibel families, friends, & visitors from all over the world to stop by and share a friendly smile, some laughs and enjoy the VERY BEST HOMEMADE ICE CREAM ON-ISLAND!  To all the traditionalists we apologize for changing the forty year old traditional name but please give us a try!  We guarantee you will remember OUR ICE CREAM and FORGET about the name!

 

IN ADDITION please visit our CHOCOLATE SHOP & PATISSERIE (2 stores, one location).  Laurie and Alice are proud to announce and serve Norman Love Chocolates and pastries!  They have a wonderful shop of delicious pastries, artisan sandwiches, and a launch of the Norman Love Chocolates offering an exceptional range of world recognized chocolates along with wonderful gifts and indulgences. “We couldn’t ask for a better world class chocolatier and patisserie master than Norman Love.

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