Maynard’s Ice Cream and Cafe, a popular Port Royal company located in a building with a distinctive mural advertising the coastal city’s quality of life, has officially reopened – with extended hours and more ice cream.
After opening in 2020, the business has become a local treasure, serving small batches of cake, pastries, coffee, and of course ice cream, but a sign appeared on its front door in May saying it was closed until further notice.
It is the second downtown Port Royal business to close and reopen under new ownership in recent months.
Chad and Melanie Gottliebowski bought Bluffton Maynard from Jennifer McMullane and Heath Cobb, Chad Gottliebowski told the Beaufort Gazette and Island Packet on Friday, when he was receiving several tubs of ice cream.
Maynard reopened on July 8.
The café at 115 rue de Paris is overflowing with Port Royal.
Inside, there is a depiction of the city’s historic viewing tower, which offers views of Battery Creek, Paris Island, and the area, and covers the length of the back door.
The exterior wall features a colorful mural of the viewing tower and boardwalk that includes the city’s official motto: “Cool, coastal and out of the ordinary,” making it one of the city’s most iconic buildings.
Chad and Melanie do not own the building, but they do own the artwork. “Everyone is looking for that,” Chad says.
Hanging on the wall near the front door is a small framed painting of the building and the mural. It was a gift from a neighbor, the artist who also painted it.
“We’ve had a lot of support,” Chad Gottliebowski said.
The pair keep the Maynard name — “because it’s special here,” Chad says — but they’ve made some changes. Hours of operation increased from noon to 8 pm from Tuesday to Sunday. And there are now 32 ice cream offerings, making Maynard, as Chad puts it, “a complete ice cream shop.” And there are more goodies for sale, including biscuits, brownies, and lemon bars.
The Gotliebowskis family is originally from Cleveland. They moved to Bluffton so Chad could be more central to his pest control business that was expanding on the East Coast.
“We were looking to do something as a family together, so we bought an ice cream shop,” Chad says.
The couple has always wanted to own an ice cream parlor, Chad says, because “we love the atmosphere.”
Chad notes that when customers come into an ice cream shop, they’re in a good mood. He adds that getting ice cream is the highlight of Children’s Day and the couple loves children. They have four of them: Trevor, 12; Travis, 11; Olivia, 8; And Troy, 6.
In the spring, the Olde Schoolhouse Restaurant reopened at 1638 Paris Ave. In a building formerly used as a one-room school on the island of Saint Helena. Most recently, it was The Cracked Egg. The site was bought by local businessman Jake Higgins, a father of three who said he saw an opportunity to create a “good family restaurant” in town.