SEMINOLE HEIGHTS, Fla. — Whether you’re ordering ice-cream, cupcakes or cookies, the goal is always the same for a mother and daughter out of Seminole Heights. They just want to make sure they sweeten up your day.
While Zoe Vera scoops out some peanut butter ice-cream, her daughter Emily Macias tops off a milkshake with whip cream. Their bond is evident as they slide past one another behind the counter of their brand new shop Sea Maids Creamery.
“We’re like a team,” said Macias.
They had planned to open their dream business in March, but it was quickly melted away due to the pandemic.
“When all this shut down we were like what do we do,” said Vera.
The women thought outside the cone and designed a walk-up window for customers.
“We said we were going to make it happen no matter what,” said Vera.
They also relied heavily on their Puerto Rican roots, including grandma’s secret recipe.
“It tastes like what she used to make for us,” said Macias, referring to her special coffee.
The ice cream parlor is also filled with mermaids, from decorations to dessert, it’s got the attention of customers of all ages.
“It kind of fits because we are from an island and we are women so we are like the mermaids you know,” said Macias.
People living in Seminole Heights said this type of family-oriented business puts a smile on their face.
“I'm a minority myself and I just love supporting local businesses like this, I feel it's a great improvement for the neighborhood,” said John Restrepo.
The mother and daughter duo acknowledge it’s been a tough year for most of us, and they feel right now everyone could use a little sugar rush.
“It makes us happy that we are able to provide that to the guests, especially out here in Seminole Heights, you get a lot of local supporters so we are really happy about that,” said Vera.
Hours of operation at Sea Maids Creamery vary at this time, but they are planning an official grand opening at some point this Fall.
For more information go to their web site seamaidscreamery.com