I Scream and Cake, a new dessert shop and charitable organization, is set to open at 510 Fairburn Rd SW later this summer, according to owner and longtime seafood restaurateur Cedric Shaffiers.
“I’m excited about the venture, I’m excited about what we’re bringing,” Shaffiers tells What Now Atlanta, “and along with the other restaurants that are coming in, I think we’ve got a very good lineup for that Fairburn Road area.”
Shaffiers, who is a resident of the neighborhood, says that the mission extends beyond simply opening an ice cream shop and that he wants to see everyone in the community operating with a shared vision and working towards a common goal.
“I just think it’s a good look for everybody. Everybody’s on the same page, everybody’s doing something that’s fun. I think it’s awesome, man. It’s going to be great,” says Shaffiers.
When it opens, I Scream and Cake will offer numerous varieties of ice cream all made in-house, including four vegan, four non-dairy, and 10 traditional options, as well as some signature creations inspired by the area such as the Fairburn Rd which features bacon inside the ice cream, the Andrea Boone – named for their local city councilwoman – and the Zone 3.
Needless to say, the project is truly a labor of love for Shaffiers, who turned down numerous offers to open franchises from the likes of established names such as Cold Stone and Smoosh, founded by Shaffiers’ personal friend and NFL Hall of Fame inductee, Isaac Bruce.
“It just got in my spirit that I wanted to do my own thing,” says Shaffiers. “I just put it in the air, came up with the name, and I’m going to run for it.”
Part and parcel of doing his own thing means that Shaffiers is able to house a new charitable foundation, We Are One, inside I Scream and Cake, which will invite customers to pay one dollar to putt a golf ball – if they make it, they get their ice cream for free.
However, all that money will go towards We Are One, which will fund first-year college tuition for students who don’t have the opportunity to receive athletic scholarships. Meanwhile, another portion of the funds will go to sports equipment for inner-city youth sports leagues.
But on the topic of scholarships, Shaffiers explains, “I’m a former football player myself, so I know athletes, we get a lot for college when we get a scholarship. But academic kids, you know, their parents have to pay for that. So I offer free rides to college on that first trip, and also books and other things like that.”
Shaffiers adds, “We plan to expand it a little more once we get up and running – to do more charity inside of my Zone 3 area, and my surrounding community.”