Commerce Avenue customers can now stop for a frozen treat at a new milkshake shop, while helping young people learn job skills.
Grizzly Shakes, located on the ground floor of the Ascent Youth Activity Center, held a “soft opening” Friday afternoon.
Next week, the shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Thereafter, regular hours will be 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays.
The Ice Cream Counter is a job readiness program for youth and will provide job training for people 16 and older. CORE plans to begin hiring teens within the next month, said Leah Parsons, community relations coordinator.
CORE Health purchased the building at the corner of Commerce Avenue and Broadway in 2020. The organization planned from the start to include the milkshake shop to help create happy memories for today’s youth, similar to those who grew up buying frozen treats at 1950s food counters downtown. , said Frank Morrison, Executive Director.
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The behavioral health organization opened the activity center in September as a free and safe meeting place for children and teens, as well as the agency’s center for youth behavioral health and substance abuse services .
The center includes offices, childcare rooms, therapy meeting rooms, art studio, homework space, kitchen, media center, climbing wall, resource room and recreation and training rooms.