By Margaret Dent
As the last few days of warmer weather dwindle, there’s still a chance to enjoy a sweet cone of homemade ice cream at the corner of Noth Lamar Avenue on the Square.
Oxford Creamery, started by a young wife-husband duo Hudson and Lo Magee, opened its doors to the Oxford community in late August.
The craft creamery specializes in homemade ice creams with unique flavors, such as Oxford Coma or Ole Town Road. All flavors are created in-house, and the dairy used in the Creamery’s ice cream is all drawn cows who graze in Lafayette County on the Brown Family Dairy farm.
“We are a craft ice cream shop because we are making everything here from scratch and using local dairy. We also make every mix-in in the ice cream from scratch as well,” Hudson said.
The Magees transformed the space—formerly Locals Restaurant and Bar—into an illuminated, cheery atmosphere beaming with notes of dark blue and yellow that highlight the walls.
“We built it to be a larger space so it could also serve as a community hang out, for people to gather around and meet with friends. We have Wifi, coffee, and ice cream and that combination attracts everyone,” Hudson said.
Hudson said half of the flavors on the menu will be staples year-round, but the other half will rotate with different seasonal options. Current flavors include vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, almond plum, sweet corn blueberry crisp, ole town road, Oxford comma, fresh mint chip, sweet tea, milk and cookies, banana puddin’ and key lime pie.
According to Hudson, a huge part of the Oxford Creamery’s vision was to be a reflection of the community – a group of hard-working, individuals dedicated to the local area.
“It has been much busier than I had ever anticipated,” he said. “Working really hard on the whole thing and then being able to step back and see the line of people out the door has just been so cool to see.”
This isn’t the first Oxford Creamery to make its debut on the Square. The Magees decided to draw from history and give tribute to the original Oxford Creamery which closed in the 1950s.
The original space was across from Funky’s on the square. Albert Fenger, a first-generation immigrant from Denmark, ran the original creamery. His son, Al, wanted the Magees to honor his parents’ hard work in a small and simple way.
“Al came by and gave us a few photos to hang on the wall. It helps for us to continue telling that story to the community. We want to be able to carry on the tradition of serving ice cream to Oxford,” Hudson said.
The Magees have big and bright plans for the future of Oxford Creamery. Along with community support they’ve received thus far, they want to keep expanding the business.
“We are starting in this space here. But I plan to grow it. We want to start getting the bike out around town selling ice cream. Also, we want to eventually begin catering.”
Menu items and prices for the Oxford Creamery can be found here.