New ice cream shop in downtown Shelton is a family operation

Louis Owens with his daughter Jessica inside the family's Sweet ’n’ Savory ice cream and sandwich shop, which opens in downtown Shelton on Saturday, April 18.

The shop will serve Buck’s ice cream, a French-style brand made in Milford. “It’s very rich,” Owens said.

On opening day there will be 19 flavors, including unique ones such as toasted almond, orange cream, swamp and mud, according to Owens. There will be waffle cones made in the shop, Signature Sundaes (Wicked Witch, Joy Ride, S’mores, etc.) and plenty of toppings.

The shop also will offer sandwiches — from clubs to melts — as well as soup.

Owens is a retired Ansonia police sergeant who also has run a driving school and worked in the funeral home business. He just began a new job with the state Department of Motor Vehicles. He lives in Derby.

Jessica attended the Culinary Institute of America and works at Bruegger’s Bagels in Shelton. She is a 2005 Derby High graduate.

Like a soda fountain

Owens said Sweet ’n’ Savory will offer an ambiance similar to that of a soda fountain from the old days, with its main counter, round tables, chairs and stools.

“This is a throwback to the 1950s,” he said of the motif, which includes photos of Shelton from yesteryear on the walls.

It will be a family operation at first, with Louis’ wife, Kimberly, and one of his two other daughters, Jamie, assisting them. Louis and Kimberly have been married for 33 years.

Sweet ’n’ Savory is at 507 Howe Ave., near White Street. Hours are 11:30-8 p.m. five days a week, noon-8 p.m. Sunday, and closed Wednesday.