Family-owned RockSalt Milk Bar is ready to serve Newnan with homemade ice cream and milkshakes. The shop is located in the former space of Cookie Barr at 8 East Washington Street, just off the square. Owner Cynthia Hendricks and her son Grayson invite the community to the shop’s grand opening on Saturday, May 18 beginning at noon lasting until 9:00 p.m.
RockSalt offers sixteen flavors for their homemade classics. Some of their current flavors will become standards, and others will rotate as the team develops new flavors and responds to requests from their valued customers. At least one non-dairy selection will always be available. In addition to all these delicious treats, there’s a surprise – Sarah Barrs’ cookies!
Cynthia shared, “My favorite flavor is the classic fresh strawberry that is made with strawberries from Dickey’s Farm in Musella, Georgia. A close second is orange cardamom or caramelized banana. We also have an amazing blackberry Earl Grey.”
All of RockSalt’s ice cream is made with cream from grass-fed cows at Working Cows Dairy in Slocomb, Alabama. When possible, they use locally sourced fresh fruits and flavorings.
After a successful career as an air traffic controller in the FAA, Cynthia found herself ‘retired but not done.’ Her son, Grayson, had recently moved back to Georgia. After settling in Newnan, he was searching for his next step, and she wanted to help him. Cynthia had talked with her friends who own an ice cream store in Virginia, and they absolutely loved the ice cream business.
She thought, “Why not open an ice cream store with limited knowledge and resources?” She says RockSalt is a culmination of a dream and a cause that has led them to open. Once the idea started to take flight, they decided to visit the best ice cream stores in the country that were practicing the business they envisioned. They visited stores in San Francisco, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Florida, and points in between.
Cynthia says her family chose Newnan because they love the vibe of the square. She continues, “We lived in Fayetteville for over 10 years and have always loved this area. My son has lived in Newnan for the last two-and-a-half years, so it was natural that we would settle here.”