Monday, September 10, 2012

Last Chance For Original Soft Stuff

Take your last chance to eat soft serve on the side of Rte 40.

The Soft Stuff stand has been an Ellicott City institution, and it will close some time in October.  Go now.  They're already starting the construction that will replace a motel and diner with a modern commercial development.  But you can get your cones and enjoy one final night eating ice cream next to your car.

We went Saturday night after a Korean dinner.  People were rolling up at a steady pace.  The woman working there said they'll stay open until October.  They didn't know an exact date yet.

Soft serve is soft serve.  I'm not sending you for a gourmet sweet.  I'm sending you because the ice cream parlor that will replace Soft Stuff will be like so many other ice cream parlors around.  The current stand is a window back in time, and the memory will be as delicious as the dessert.

Soft Stuff
10021 Baltimore Pike
Ellicott City, MD

NEAR: Soft Serve is attached to the last remnant of the Forest Motel.  It is on the south side of Rte 40 west of Rte 29 across from the Enchanted


Julie said...

I love their orange soft serve!!

Jen said...

Oh gosh, thanks for the reminder! I'll miss Soft Stuff - many good memories.

Anonymous said...

This makes me extremely sad. Rt 40 definitely does NOT need another strip mall.

Boo on that development. Boo. Boo.

Bri said...

I live nearby and have been watching this construction with both dismay and disgust. Development and modernization are not synonymous with progress, and a bland, generic retail cluster will have no character, no history, and no appeal. I was hoping Soft Stuff would survive the change and am very disappointed to hear that this is not the case. We'll be eating quite a bit of soft serve this month, I think.

P90 Noir said...

I thought that Soft Stuff was going to be re-opening in the new space?

Brian in EC said...

I agree that another strip mall is unnecessary and unappealing, but the development being built on that site (Forest Green) is going to be a bit unique in that it is a mixed residential / retail space. Rental apts combined with retail spaces are a bit of a throwback, and should make it a bit more interesting. Read more about the plans here-->

Soft Stuff will be returning as more typical indoor ice cream parlor.

*Disclaimer: I am not in any way affiliated with the developer or builder of this project. Just an interested local resident!

Anonymous said...

Are they open during the week or just weekend?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads up! I took my son there so he could go once where his mommy went many summer nights. I loved the hard chocolate coating.