The Coolest Croner In Town

Chase’s Soft Serve Ice Cream Serves Up Sweet Treats With An Extra Helping of Cape Charles Charm.

In a beautiful little beach town like Cape Charles, it’s not surprising to see families bicycling along the quaint, colorful streets, and people out for a stroll enjoying the fresh Bay breezes. If you find your way down Mason Avenue, perched right beside Bailey’s Bait and Tackle (a landmark in its own right), you’ll find what might just be one of the sweetest stops in town.

This is where you’ll find Chase’s Soft Serve Ice Cream.  It’s one of those must-visit places that you’ll find yourself returning to again and again whether you’re a local or a visitor.  Prepare yourself for delicious frozen goodies and a laid-back, everyone-is-welcome attitude. The Chase’s ice cream trailer is a permanent fixture at 331 Mason Avenue— sitting on a prime corner in Cape Charles. It has a welcoming courtyard with outside seating, games (like a giant Connect Four board—yes, really!) and other diversions for kids and adults alike.

Saunter up to the truck, order one of Chase’s many incredible ice cream treats and then take a shady seat under a big umbrella at one of their many picnic tables. If you think this sounds like the ideal place to stop for an ice cream and some fun, you’d be right—and it’s all by design.

Created by lifetime Cape Charles residents, Marie and Donnie Brady, the idea for Chase’s Soft Serve began a few years ago. “We didn’t really know anything about ice cream,” laughs Marie. “There were some friends of ours that had an ice cream shop on Jefferson Avenue.  My husband and I went every day—because we love soft serve ice cream. When they closed their business, we really missed it,” recalls Marie. “Donnie and I talked about the idea of us having an ice cream trailer for a year or two. Our son, Jeb, found one in Florida so we brought it back up to Cape Charles! My husband wanted to name the business after our grandson, Chase, hoping he’ll maybe want to help with the business as he gets older.”

The Brady’s may not have ever run an ice cream trailer before they started Chase’s, but they’ve had plenty of business experience as owners of Bailey’s Bait and Tackle, a long-time fixture in Cape Charles. The tackle shop has had a 50+ year history in Cape Charles and was originally run by Marie’s parents until their retirement. They opened Chase’s right next to their bait and tackle store and it was an immediate hit.

The Chase’s Soft Serve trailer reads, “Soft Serve Ice Cream with all the Fixins” and they really mean it!

An interesting array of flavors—like ‘Mocha Cappuccino,’ ‘Caramel’ and ‘Blue Goo’ to name a few—are joined by all kinds of toppings. Add to that slushies, milkshakes, cake cones, waffle cones, rainbow waffle cones, plus sundaes like S’more, Caramel Crunch and Oreo Blast… and you have a menu that’s as adventurous as it is delicious.

So, what do people seem to go for the most? “People have all kinds of different favorites,” says Marie. “Our signature drink is the ‘Mason Avenue,” she says. Guests can also find other incredible treats found nowhere else like the ‘Under The Sea,’ a cotton candy milkshake with marshmallow drizzle, whipped cream, sprinkles, a candy shell, and candy mermaid tail in a souvenir glass. Or their ‘Shorely Pumpkin Pie’ signature fall shake. Its pumpkin pie ice cream infused with pumpkin puree topped with a waffle, cinnamon, caramel, and whipped cream, finished off with a graham cracker rim. It’s no wonder people love coming back to Chase’s again and again. It’s a one-of-a kind place in a one-of-a-kind town.

Marie and Donnie love living and running a family business in Cape Charles. “We take pride in our business, and we appreciate what we have here,” Marie says. “We’ve met many people through our store… friends who come back every year that we’ve gotten to know,” she smiles. “We’ve always been involved and done a lot with the community. Because we love our little town.”

“This is just the quaint village we’ve always lived in,” adds Donnie, whose only time living away from Cape Charles was during his military service. “We love it.”

The community spirit and love of Cape Charles continues with their grandson and the business’s namesake, Chase, age 11, who is already helping out at the ice cream trailer. He appreciates his Cape Charles home, too. “I like that it’s a small town. We know everyone here,” says Chase, whose favorite ice cream flavor is black raspberry. This summer, Chase helped serve the many locals and visitors who couldn’t get enough of the cold, delicious treats Chase’s Soft Serve is famous for.

Chase’s Soft Serve Ice Cream will be open for a few more weeks as fall approaches, then opens again for the season in April. That gives you plenty of time to swing by for some genuine Cape Charles hospitality and some of the best soft-serve ice cream on the Eastern Shore!

“We’ve met many people through our store… friends who come back every year that we’ve gotten to know.  We’ve always been involved and done a lot with the community, because we love our little town.”

Chase’s Soft Serve Ice Cream

331 Mason Avenue, Cape Charles
757-331-1982
3335 STONE ROAD
CAPE CHARLES, VA 23310
TOLL-FREE 844.620.2900
INFO@BAYCREEKLIFE.COM

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