Celebrate May Day with a chance to win Free Ice Cream for a Year!
Build A Scoop, the world’s first immersive and interactive steampunk craft gelato experience, has announced it will be officially opening its first store – a whole new kind of ice cream shop – in San Bernardino, California on Saturday, May 1st.
Located in the heart of San Bernardino at 424 E Hospitality Lane, unit B-7, Build A Scoop is hosting a Grand Opening celebration from 12 noon – 12 midnight on May 1st. Festivities will include free merchandise and discounts for the first 100 people in line and additional giveaways all night long. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win free gelato for a year.
“Especially now, as we are slowly emerging from such a trying time, people just need a place to have fun with friends and family. We couldn’t be more excited to be opening Build A Scoop now in San Bernardino,” says Amanda Contreras, the owner of the new location and the creator of the Build a Scoop concept. “Build A Scoop perfectly combines my background developing entertaining experiential destinations like escape rooms and virtual reality with my lifelong love of all kinds of sweets.”
Build A Scoop is a place where the nostalgia and warm service of an old-fashioned ice cream shop are reborn into an environment rich with science, magic, and wonder. Guests can interact with retro- futuristic costumed staff. They can turn knobs, switch lights on and off, and play with gadgets everywhere. But the star of the show is the gelato.
Build A Scoop has worked with an amazing chef who brings his understanding of flavor and a lifetime of culinary creativity to develop an exciting menu. Expect the fan favorites, like Vanilla, Chocolate, and Strawberry. Explore the unexpected, like Avocado, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Vanilla Maple Bacon, and Cereal & Milk.
San Bernardino area residents are invited to show their craftiness, creativity, and individuality, as they custom-build their own dream ice cream, customized to their unique tastes and wildest desires.
Build A Scoop only uses premium gelato, made with pure milk from grass-fed cows. It is incredibly smooth and just melts in your mouth. Build-a-Scoop has something for everyone, designed to satisfy and excite no matter what one’s diet or mood might be, including a bounty of great non-dairy, and vegan options.
Guests can come out for a one-of-a-kind experience and atmosphere that will activate all of the senses! They can watch ice cream be frozen with nitrogen and blended with an endless array of toppings in front of their eyes in the main event, with eye-popping action and intrigue everywhere they turn.
Amanda notes, “Build A Scoop is all about flavor and fun for family, friends, and loved ones – even pets are welcome! This is a destination for shared experiences, whether it’s the end of a perfect date night, a special occasion, or just a hot, spring weekday. Arrive for the flavor, stay for the show, tell everyone, and come back soon!”
Amanda notes that the Build A Scoop concept has struck a note beyond the initial opening, as she has plans to open Arizona locations in Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix in the near term, as well as an additional California shop in Orange County. There is also strong interest from potential franchisees in locales as far-ranging as San Francisco, Utah, Texas, Florida, Arizona, and London, UK.
In what reads like the start of a fairytale, as a child, Amanda Contreras lived in a tent in Snowflake, AZ, before ultimately following a dream to return to her birthplace of California to make it in the movies. She now splits her time personally and professionally between California and Arizona. She is a serial entrepreneur with a deep love of entertainment, experiential retail, and great food, especially sweets. Amanda successfully operated multiple Fox in a Box franchise escape room locations in southern California, the first of which she opened in 2015. She recently transformed these locations into her own branded destinations under the name Wild Goose Escapes, with locations in Fullerton and Huntington Beach, CA. Expanding on her love of entertainment, Amanda also recently opened Utopia Studios Virtual Reality Arcade as a key attraction tenant in Rodeo 39 Public Market, a culinary and experience destination in Stanton, CA. Utopia Studios is a 5,439 square foot location that is an interactive experience playground with 16 VR bays in which guests can play a library of games and other interactive entertainment. In May of 2021, Amanda is opening the first craft gelato experience location with her new brand, Build A Scoop in San Bernardino, CA. When she isn’t opening a new business of her own Amanda can be found sharing business advice on Instagram, and exploring her love of salsa dancing, great food, especially desserts.