It never really feels like the shop is officially closed for the season until the pint sale is over. When that feeling is finally here, it catches me off guard every time.

First comes the relief that we made it through another season successfully; knowing that everything went well and Lake Effect continues to grow and be a part of our WNY community.

The weirdest part of closing, however, is that the moment I close that front door I automatically start thinking about what we're going to do next year. What new flavors will we make? What new things we can sponsor and support? Knowing that the day-to-day responsibilities of the shop are going to be gone for a little while let's the creativity really open up for next year.

Maybe it's just the way I am wired, being a teacher, but being able to step away for a little bit is one of the best things about owning a seasonal business. We have time to recharge our batteries and plan great new things for the spring.

Don't worry, we still sell pints all year throughout WNY and we'll have our annual Christmas ice cream sale in December (we'll announce the Christmas flavors next week). We even have a few more off-season surprises that we'll announce soon.

Thank you to everyone who enjoyed a little ice cream with us this year. We'll see you again soon.

Jason and Erik