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Local ice cream shops prepping for opening day


TROY, N.Y. – Two local ice cream shops have begun firing up their machines in preparation for opening day this weekend.

The Snowman in North Troy and Bumpy's Polar Freeze in Schenectady are just two ice cream shops that will be opening this weekend as warmer weather makes its way to the Capital Region.

Making delicious treats has been the tradition at The Snowman since 1953. Owner John Murphy is excited for Friday's opening.

"All our ice cream is made every morning fresh," he said. "Traditionally we have about 30 flavors in stock daily of hard ice cream that I can make on premises myself, and it's totally fun. This is what I love to do. It's my job, my life and it's awesome."

Bumpy's on State Street opens Thursday and features flavors such as Green Dragon and Purple Cow. The shop also carries milk bone treats for pets.

"Slush puppy machine… our sundae bar. We have whipped cream and milk, smoothies, all the candy toppings, hot fudge, caramel," owner David Elmendorf said.

But how do workers surrounded by sweet treats all day not gain weight during the season? According to Murphy, it's all about putting in a hard day's work.

"My workout regime is getting up at 5:30 in the morning. Most of my trucks get here between 6 and 7 in the morning. And I go home and probably lay down around 10-10:30 at night," he said. "I don't usually [gain weight] because of our volume and how busy we are. I lost about 20-25 pounds throughout the summer because I'm on my feet all day."

The busiest months for SnowMan are March, April May and June.

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