By FRAN MAYE
From the outside, it looks nothing like an ice cream parlor or coffee shop. The two-story brick structure dates back to the early 1800s and sits in the middle of historic Unionville.
And inside, it resembles a home rather than a business. There’s a fireplace, a bookcase and comfortable sofas.
Welcome to the Foxy Loxy in Unionville, where the homebrewed coffee is so good, some longtime Starbucks’ faithful are now regular customers.
Foxy Loxy, at 5 Cemetery Lane off Route 82, opened in early December, and is gearing up for the busy ice cream season. In addition to 18 flavors of ice cream, other fare at Foxy Loxy includes paninis, wraps, cakes, pies, baked goods, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, sundaes and smoothies.
“My goal is for this to be a community gathering place,” said Jerry Brown, owner. “So far, we’ve been getting a lot of support from the locals.”
Jayne Shea, manager, has 10 part-time employees, but said there may be a need for more workers in the summer when ice cream season sets in.
“People are happy to have us here,” said Shea, past president of the Unionville Community Fair board of directors. “And we’re not too far from the Unionville (URA) ballfields.”
To ensure Foxy Loxy becomes a gathering spot in Unionville, Brown said a recreation area will be created on a side lawn. There will be horseshoes with professional pits, a badminton court and croquet.
“I foresee us bringing on more high school kids in the summertime,” Shea said. “As we get busier, we will need more people.”
Brown said what makes Foxy Loxy special is its homebrewed coffee and handmade menu items. The coffee comes from a local roaster, and ice cream is churned at Woodside Farm Creamery in Hockessin, Del.). Milk from Bailey’s Dairy in Pocopson is also available.
Waldorf chicken salad and Mediterranean pasta salad have been added to the nibbles menu. Regular soups include cream of mushroom, tomato basil and chicken Florentine.
There are tuckey and brie paninis, honey mustard chicken wraps, roast beef and mozzarella wraps and an assortment of quiche and breakfast burritos.
“Our turkey apple brie is very popular,” Shea said.
There is a walk-up ice cream window for those who don’t have the time to stop in.
Foxy Loxy is all about atmosphere. Books donated by community members are housed in bookcases, and there are comfortable sofas and even a functional fireplace.
Shea said he is certain the atmosphere at Foxy Loxy will appeal to many.
“There’s no kitchen here, so it’s a little challenging, but it has been working out really well,” she said.
The building once was the site of a quilt shop and before that, a home décor shop, grocery store and gas station. It was restored by famed woodworker Doug Mooberry, who owns the building. There is an original American Elm tree on the property.
It is directly across the street from the planned Unionville Community Park, which is in phase one of construction.
Foxy Loxy is closed on Mondays, and open Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone is 610-347-1928.