with Yaniv Aronson, Chair of the Conshohocken Plymouth Whitemarsh Rotary Club
This is a continuing column highlighting individuals, businesses and charities that work to better our community.
Anthony Della Porta is the owner of Scoops ice cream shop, located at 515 Fayette St, Conshohocken.
How did you get into the ice cream business? How long have your run Scoops?
My mother owned the shop prior to me, but I would help her out a few days a week. Working those days really gave me an appreciation for Scoops’ service to the community and allowed me to get to know our neighbors. When my mother offered to sell the business to me in 2006, I jumped at the opportunity and have been here ever since.
Does the seasonal nature of Scoops make your job harder or easier? What do you do in the off-season?
I enjoy the seasonal aspect of Scoops. I like seeing momentum build in customers as we gear up to open for the season. It is always different every year because opening day can be very warm, like it has been the past couple of years, or very cold, like it was for this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade. In the off-season, I work in the Philadelphia School District so there is a great balance with my day job.
What is your favorite part of owing a local business?
I love being an entrepreneur. The challenges of running a business are fun, exhilarating, and stressful, but are all worth the time and effort. My favorite part of the shop is the relationship with my employees, some of whom have been with me since I purchased the store. Seeing the teamwork of my employees and watching them grow up year-to-year is particularly heartening. At the end of the day, though, Scoops is an ice cream shop, so it is a fun business to be in year after year.
How do you see yourself, and Scoops, as a part of the larger Conshohocken community?
I love seeing the impact this business has on the community. I see and hear how the people in the area embrace Scoops as their go-to ice cream destination. The excitement is tremendous as soon as we open for the season and throughout until the end. With the growth of social media, it is also great to keep track of who checks-in on Facebook and who posts pictures on Instagram. We have our own hashtag #scoopsconshy where you can see all the people who have posted pictures throughout the season. It’s all fun. There are a lot of tears when we do close for the season, but it’s just part of the business. Overall, I’m glad I can contribute something great to the community. And I love being a part of it.
Anthony Della Porta, Owner, Scoops, 610-828-1413