Bruce Mines

New Owner at Red House Ice Cream

Carol Smith (L) of Richards Landing is served by proud new owner Ellen Barber (R)
Carol Smith (L) of Richards Landing is served by proud new owner Ellen Barber (R)

Red House Ice Cream is under new ownership and open for the season with some delicious new treats that customers are loving.

Handmade chocolate ice cream sandwich.
Handmade chocolate ice cream sandwich.

New business owner, Ellen Barber, is a local girl who is thrilled to be back in the area and working close to family and friends again.

Ellen recently moved home from Thunder Bay ON, where she was working as a funeral director. “The job was fulfilling but I felt it wasn’t a career I could remain in for the long-term”, says Ellen. “I wanted to work at something different, were people weren’t always sad.”

Well, unless the top falls off your cone, ice cream generally makes people happy. In the last 5 days that Ellen has been serving customers at the Red House, it’s been making her very happy as well.

Ellen loves the location right in the heart of Bruce Mines. “It’s such a beautiful little town with so much potential. I’m excited to own a business here and have lots of ideas running through my head, but for now I want to just focus on serving ice cream and mastering that before expanding.”

We sampled a couple of her handmade specials, and for our border collie a handmade doggie treat with everything canines love: yogurt, peanut butter, banana and cheese with a biscuit for a handle-genius.  

Stop by when you’re in Bruce Mines, but take a few minutes before you order to see all that Red House has to offer. There are many handmade toppings to choose from, along with the featured specials.

It hasn't really been ice cream weather yet, and still the little shop has been pretty busy. Ellen is thinking she might need to recruit some help when summer is in full swing, so she can have a day off and take a break from being up to her elbows in ice cream.  

To see the latest specials, which are made in limited quantities, follow Red House Ice Cream on Facebook.

Salty Dog Special-waffle cone lined with buttertart filling, French vanilla ice cream, dipped in dark chocolate & rolled in pretzels.
Salty Dog Special-waffle cone lined with buttertart filling, French vanilla ice cream, dipped in dark chocolate & rolled in pretzels.
Ellen tops an ice cream cup with one of her special toppings.
Ellen tops an ice cream cup with one of her special toppings.