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Where can you buy Mello ice cream?

Amanda Lisk

Q. Where in Wilmington can you buy Mello ice cream? If not in Wilmington where is the nearest location that sells Mello.

A. If you are referring to Mello Buttercup Ice Cream Co., with former locations in Wilson and Charlotte, and in Sumter, S.C., sorry, they are no longer in business.

The N.C. Secretary of State’s office says Mello Buttercup Ice Cream changed its name to SRT Investments with the same phone number (252) 243-6161.

No one was available to return our call, but according to SRT’s facebook page, they are now a food and beverage service and distribution company.

The Mello Buttercup Ice Cream warehouse in Wilson was torn down several years ago.

For a similar homemade ice cream shop experience in Wilmington, try Kilwins Ice Cream & Candy at 16 Market Street, 910-772-1298, or Boombalatti’s Homemade Ice Cream at 1127 Military Cutoff Rd., 910-256-8330.


Does anybody remember Shields’ ice cream parlor?

Is the family who owned Shields Ice Cream Shoppes still in the area?

Is it legal in New Hanover County for a ice cream vendor to blare loud music that can be heard for long distances?


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One Response to “ Where can you buy Mello ice cream?”

  1. On July 8, 2017 at 8:12 am Mike Wenger wrote:

    The Mello Ice Cream shop in Wilson was on Raleigh Road, outbound on the left, in a strip of small commercial concerns, just across from the Wilson Recreation Park. I remember getting ice cream there during the summer as a kid during the late 1950s. Our dentist, Dr. Lewis Lee, and a little book store (The Nook) was in the same set of connected buildings. The first organisational meeting of Westview Christian Church (now defunct, unfortunately) took place in that same strip as well.

    The ice cream store was in the far eastern end of the buildings in a section now demolished, but the western piece is still intact. Need to drive over there and get some photos, as there are many childhood memories there.

    Mike Wenger
    Raleigh, NC

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