It was Penguins playoff time and the scene inside Scott and Austin Smith's Wexford joint was just as they'd hoped it would be — sports on the TVs and standing-room-only crowds. Except the Smiths don't own a sports bar; they own an ice-cream shop.
The father-son team opened the ice-cream and coffee shop Any Given Sundae last September. The name is a play on the sports cliché, and the shop always has something sports-related on the tube. "It was great during the Pens playoffs," Scott Smith says. "All of the seats were full, and people were standing in the back of the shop to watch the game and eat ice cream."
The business is a new sport for the Smiths. Scott Smith previously owned a golf course in Michigan, before relocating to West Virginia for a job. He and his son, a recent graduate of Michigan State, came up with the idea over a bowl of Scott's homemade ice cream.
Scott has long been an ice-cream hobbyist, experimenting with a Cuisinart machine he bought on eBay. The ice cream is now made on a larger scale, but it still features Scott's trial-and-error creation process. Banana, pumpkin, peppermint and cinnamon apple are popular flavors but Scott says the shop is also about "having it your way." "If you want chocolate-chip ice cream and we don't have it in the case, we can make it for you," he explains. "That's a big reason we call it ‘Any Given Sundae.'"