Cherry Smash Ice Cream Parlour – Interior Photos by Adam Baron Photo
Originally published in 2012
By: Sharon Aron Baron
If you haven’t heard about the new ice cream parlor, Cherry Smash, through a friend or Facebook, then your life must be pretty “vanilla” because this is the place that everyone is talking about. Their grand opening was on February 24th, however, word was out way before then about this amazing ice cream soda fountain that’s like stepping inside a time machine.
There are so many antiques to look at in the shop that many people just stand and stare, taking in everything. Where else are you going to find an antique fire truck, an old style barber shop complete with barber chair, barber pole, and multicolored hair tonics in bottles? Parents are seen explaining to their children what many of the antiques are, such as the old gas pumps and cigarette machines while they feast on decadent sundaes and milkshakes.
Cherry Smash was created by Coral Springs residents Sal and Sheila Bellassai. They also have a sister store in Hayesville, North Carolina where unlike its unexceptional storefront in Coral Springs, the Hayesville location, called “Best Lil Ice Cream Parlor” was converted from a general store into a restaurant and ice cream parlor and includes a cozy fireplace. Sheila spends several months out of the year managing it and tourists love visiting the area when they go to the mountains to see the fall leaves change or just to go fishing.
Sal and Sheila also love collecting antiques and first started collecting Lionel Trains, then moved on to other items. They have been collecting antiques for about 50 years and have purchased many of the items found at Cherry Smash from various auctions and flea markets around North Carolina.
Cherry Smash is located at 8000 Wiles Road in Coral Springs, FL 33067 954-346-0999 www.cherry-smash.com
Save-A-Life Program“Swallow your pride, call for a free ride! If you are too drunk to drive, call Sal’s Towing. We will tow you and your vehicle FREE to your home in Broward County 24 hours a day 365 day a year, provided you call BEFORE being topped by a law enforcement officer or being involved in a traffic accident.”
Cherry Smash owner, Sal Bellassai has been the owner of Sal’s Towing since 1957 where his company provides services for various cities and police departments. Since 1981 they are the only company that has offered the Save-A-Life Program for Drunk Drivers. “Not just on holidays or on weekends,” says Sal, “But 365 days a year.” Sal says to take one of his towing cards while you are in Cherry Smash and give it to someone. Hopefully they will never need it, but this could be a life-saver if they ever do.