Evergreen's Ice Cream Lady
Annie Hunter has owned the Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop in downtown Evergreen since 2007 and she’s dispensed tens of thousands of frozen goodies over the years. If you look at her Google Reviews, you’ll find that over 200 happy customers have commented on how nice the employees are (all high school kids), how clean the premises are and how pleasant the streamside setting is.
Annie is a south Texas girl. Her family moved to Denver in 1995 when her husband took a job in Lakewood managing a restaurant. She had no experience in the food service industry and stayed home to raise their daughter for the first few years, but she jumped at the opportunity to own her own business when the Evergreen Baskin-Robbins became available.
Local school kids have been the backbone of her staff and she manages them with gentle guidance that reflects her own values: politeness, courtesy, the importance of a smile and giving the customer exactly what they want. Her average employee stays with her for up to 3 years--an epoch in a teenager’s life.
Even more remarkable is the fact that those kids religiously clean and maintain the shop so well that customers find it noteworthy to mention in their google reviews. Teenagers? Prone to clean up? How does she do it?
For now, Annie’s shop has taken out the tables & chairs and only serves takeout at the counter. But Bear Creek behind her shop and the sidewalks of Evergreen’s downtown beckon, so it’s no large sacrifice. As befits her support of all good things local, she was one of the first eateries to sign up with Mountain Zoom, an Evergreen delivery service start-up.
Annie is hunting for someone to take her place as owner of the shop. Her daughter is in college, her husband is retired and she wants to see more of the world. So if you or anyone you know is interested in continuing an Evergreen icon, contact Annie. In the meantime, drop by for an honest 32-flavor selection of delicious ice cream served up by genuinely nice kids.