Openings and Closings

Sloan's Ice Cream Parlor Opens Fifth Location in Delray Beach

Sloan's Ice Cream Parlor in West Palm Beach was inducted into Cintas' Bowl Games back in August. While the 47 flavors of ice cream and hand-painted tickle-me-pink walls were nice, the nomination was for their bathroom, a mystical room that gives the illusion of exhibitionism through a transparent door that opaques when locked.

South Florida residents flocked to the polls, pressing refresh and voting again as many times as we could. It wasn't enough because the bathroom at Varsity Theatre in Minneapolis beat us. It's alright; Sloan's ice cream will open their fifth outpost on Friday on the bustling East Atlantic Avenue, and their bathroom is even cooler.

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On the Tuesday afternoon, three days before their opening, finishing touches were being placed. Two men were painting the exterior in hot pink and lime green. Pints of Sloan's ice cream were being delivered for the first time in a bright candy-colored truck. About a dozen employees were shuffling throughout unpacking toys and decorations from cardboard boxes.

On Friday, the store will be fully-operational. On Saturday they're throwing a Grand Opening bash with music, face-painting, and of course, plenty of ice cream.

This is how the bathroom looks like before the door is locked:

Then, once you lock the doors, the window fogs and ensures your privacy:



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Jess Swanson is a staff writer at New Times. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and wrote briefly for the student newspaper until realizing her true calling: pissing off fraternity brothers by reporting about their parties on her crime blog. Especially gifted in jumping rope and solving Rubik’s cubes, she also holds the title for longest stint as an unpaid intern in New Times history. She left the Magic City for New York to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she spent a year profiling circumcised men who were trying to regrow their foreskins for a story that ultimately won the John Horgan Award for Critical Science Journalism. Terrified by pizza rats and arctic temperatures, she quickly returned to her natural habitat.
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