Sweet Mama’s Ice Cream is back open and in a groove in Tampa Heights

It was forced to close for a few weeks back in February.

click to enlarge Sweet Mama’s Ice Cream is back open and in a groove in Tampa Heights

Soft serve ice cream truck Sweet Mama’s Ice Cream opened back in February, but experienced a brief closure just a few days later due to unforeseen challenges.

“After our grand opening we realized there were a few technical difficulties we had to iron out!,” co-owner Akwi Njoh (pictured, above right) said at the time. In a recent email to Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, Njoh said they reopened March 20. During the closure, she and business partner Jahkeal Samuel learned the most important part is being flexible.

“Getting past the hiccups was tough but once we got over those bumps in the road it was smooth sailing,” she said. “You can only prepare so much as a business owner for curve balls so you just have to take the hits and shake it off.”

Customers can walk up to the mobile truck at 1630 N Franklin St.—caddy corner from the CL offices—and choose to pair ice cream with warm cookies, brownies, and waffle cones or turn the scoops into custom shakes. Cups and cones range $2.75-$4.

“Our guests can expect amazing treats and delicious ice cream,” said Njoh. “We have monthly pint flavors in addition to our most-loved item The Cookie Mama.”

Business hours change weekly depending on private events, so follow Sweet Mama’s on Facebook and Instagram to stay in the know. Njoh said they’re currently open Thursday 3 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 3 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 4 p.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

“Our ultimate goal for Sweet Mamas is to serve lower income neighborhoods in the Tampa area to create an economic boost,” she said. “Eventually, we want to move into a storefront West Tampa but right now we currently love the flexibility we have to move around.”

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