About the Owners: Kirsten & Zachary Mestancik
Kirsten grew up down the street from the Joy Cone factory in Hermitage, PA. Her grandfather founded the Joy Cone Company in 1918, now the largest cone company in the world. As a child, her family would visit the factory every week to enjoy an ice cream cone. The aroma of fresh cones baking wafted down the street and through her open window as a child. She loved ice cream, but also had a passion for health. Her mission was to find a guiltless ice cream.
When she met Zak, he too, was health conscious but loved his sweets. Kirsten began to seek out healthy, delicious snacks that would satisfy his sweet tooth. In addition, Kirsten has dealt with many food allergies and sensitivities; she understands the need for allergy friendly foods that taste great!
In June 2014, they moved to Lakewood Ranch, and fell in love with the area and community. They knew they had found the perfect location to open a store, where they could support other local business owners by offering their healthy products in their store. Together, they created D’Lites Shoppe.
About the Shoppe
We carry three different types of ice cream that are all keto friendly and gluten free. D’Lites is a creamy, soft serve ice cream that is low in carbs, sugar and calories. LUV Nice Cream is a rich, flavorful coconut milk based nice cream that is vegan, dairy-free, all natural, mainly organic and homemade without any added sugar. LUV Artisan Ice Cream is homemade with local cream, all-natural, made with certified organic ingredients when available and sweetened with stevia. We also carry a variety of healthy foods & snacks. Whether you try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, have a specific food allergy or follow a certain diet, we are the shoppe for you!
We proudly serve joy cone.
About the Manager/ Baker
Cienna started working at D’Lites in 2017 when she was in high school as an after school job. After graduating high school, she attended Keiser University in Sarasota studying Baking and Pastry while continuing to work for D’Lites Shoppe. After graduating in the winter of 2021, she expanded the baked good / pastry line. “Baking has always been a passion of mine since I was a little kid. Working at D’Lites as the baker has tought me that there are tons great healthy alternatives to all the sweet treats that we know and love! The biggest challange for me is learning how to bake with all the healthier alternatives.”