Sandy's Chill Spot Offers Ice Cream & More
Sandy's owner Nancy Pinheiro
Sandy’s Chill Spot in Bellingham is much more than an ice cream parlor. Opened in 2012 in the former location of Pennsylvania Farmer Boy on Pulaski Boulevard, Sandy’s offers delicious farm-fresh, mostly organic, hand-scooped ice cream as well as soft-serve ice cream and a full grill menu.
Sandy’s also offers a menu that includes hot dogs, chili dogs, cheeseburgers, chicken fingers, chicken wings, BLTs and grilled cheese, which may all be accompanied by your choice of fries or potato chips. Their extended menu now includes mozzarella sticks, onion rings, the Sandy Sampler and a seafood sampler. On Fridays, Sandy’s now offers both fish-and-chip and fried-clam platters.
Sandy’s Chill Spot originated on Main Street in Blackstone in 2005. (The Blackstone location received the Wicked Local 2015 Readers Choice Award for #1 Ice Cream Parlor in the region.) Both locations offer all of the usual ice-cream parlor specialties, from frappes, floats, slushies, freezes and frozen lemonade to 9 varieties of Hurricanes. Sandy’s makes its own Italian ice as well as a few flavors of ice cream.
Owner Nancy Pinheiro says, “We purchased the property in Bellingham because we were outgrowing the Blackstone location and wanted to expand the business; and it’s close to home.” As part of their property upgrades, Nancy installed new service windows, covered outdoor seating, kiddy rides, and additional parking. In the future Sandy’s will be remodeling the interior of the building for serving customers indoors. “This will allow us to extend our season,” she explained. To make use of their outdoor facilities, they now offer birthday party packages. They will also be looking into new ideas for future use of their 3 acres of land.
Nancy explains, “We care about our customers and strive to provide great customer service with a smile. We go the extra distance by catering to people with food allergies and other special dietary needs.” Sandy’s offers no-sugar-added ice cream, 95% fat-free frozen yogurt and a few gluten-free ice cream flavors. They even offer frozen ice cream treats for our canine friends.
Nancy feels strongly about giving back to the community that has welcomed her with open arms. “We help out wherever we can,” she said. “We sponsor baseball teams, donate to the PTOs’ ice cream socials, and, at the end of last season, we held a fundraiser to help a local dance studio, Lyrics in Motion, get to their regional competition; it coincided with our annual Halloween Bash and free ice cream night, which is the finale of our season.”
For more information about Sandy’s Chill Spot, please visit their website, www.SandysIceCream.com. (The site’s still under construction, but all of the basics are there.) Beginning in April, you can stop in and try their tasty food and ice cream any time, noon—10 PM, 7 days a week.