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This sugar cone is dipped in white chocolate coffee coating then covered in crushed ginger Moravian cookies and drizzled with Old Salem honey.

In this crazy world, sometimes it’s important to just stop everything and go get some ice cream.

A new enterprise in the Innovation Quarter should help.

Lill Dipper is a small, window-service soft-serve ice cream shop on Patterson Avenue that has just opened. The shop will be open from noon to 9 p.m. daily and has tables and chairs outside the service window, on a side of the building that should provide some shade in the afternoon.

Lill Dipper offers just one flavor for now — vanilla — but 20 toppings and 15 dippings. “The shop has most of the standard toppings, including nuts, coconut, Oreo cookie bits, and candy sprinkles,” the Journal’s Michael Hastings reported earlier this week. “But it also has a lot of savory toppings, such as bacon, pretzels, potato sticks and tortilla strips. Other toppings include animal crackers, gummy bears and spicy trail mix.

“Any cone can be dipped in a number of warm dippings, including dark chocolate, lemon, strawberry, caramel, lavender, coffee and green-tea matcha.”

The shop is owned by Joseph Bradford, owner of the Tin Can bottle shop next door, and John Bryan, a co-owner of Krankies restaurant.

The soft-serve is made on-site from a premium liquid mix. “We’re getting a really good imported chocolate for the dippings,” Bradford told the Journal. “We’re trying to bring back American soft-serve but elevated.”

The shop has chosen a location in a part of town that is, frankly, like nowhere else in the city. Any Winston-Salemites who need a quick vacation in an exotic location should go for a walk and dinner in the Innovation Quarter.

Normally we wouldn’t shill for a private business like a restaurant; there are many fine such establishments in Winston-Salem and it’s somewhat unsatisfying to promote one when there’s not enough space to promote them all.

But co-owner John Bryan has been a change agent in Winston-Salem, bringing both commerce — and with it, employment — and counter-culture to parts of the city where others saw little potential. He’s made a lasting, positive effect on community life here.

And we like that the ice cream shop plans to give back to the community. Each month, Lill Dipper will create a special cone to honor a designated nonprofit group and donate proceeds from sales to support the group.

“We’ll give 50 percent of the profits from that for the month to the nonprofit,” Bryan told the Journal. “We’ll also have one day during the month when we’ll give them 100 percent of the profits.”

For June, Old Salem Museum & Gardens will benefit from the sale of a special cone made with white chocolate coffee dipping, honey and crushed Moravian cookies with a whole cookie on top. That’s appropriate — and sounds tasty.

For July, the nonprofit will be The Shalom Project, which offers medical services, clothing and food to underprivileged people.

Best of luck to this new establishment; we hope it’s a sweet success.

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