The next time you visit the riverside town of Mannum in South Australia, take a cruise down the main street and keep your eye out for a brand new business that has just opened up. Izzy's Ice Creamery and Coffee Bar has opened its doors just in time for the summer season for holiday makers heading to the river.
Proprietors, Ray and Rhonda, are locals with their hearts in the town and a dream of seeing their ice creamery become the go-to place for visitors looking for an alternative kind of refreshment.
A family treat or a quiet coffee - Izzy's has both
To cool you down on a warm day, they offer a range of ice-creams and gelatos in thirteen different flavours ranging from old favourites like chocolate, vanilla and honeycomb to cookies and cream, salted caramel, coconut and lemon/lime, along with milkshakes and thick shakes.
The Ice Creamery is lovingly named 'Izzy's' after proprietor Ray's pride and joy – his classic 1958 MG Roadster, which in turn was named after Isadora Duncan, the famed movie star who met her fate at the hands of such a car. If you're lucky you may see the striking red roadster parked right out the front where it becomes a bit of a talking point for visitors.
The Page family, Rachael, Jessica, Sarah and Luke enjoy an ice cream while admiring the classic red roadster
The shop itself, built in 1895 was originally owned by Samuel Smith & son, founders of the Yalumba winery. Though it has been through a number of changes in the ensuing years, it was purchased by Ray in 1979 and he has lived there ever since. The ice creamery has been a long-held ambition for both he and Rhonda that has finally come to fruition.
Izzy's Ice Creamery and Coffee Bar is open from 10am till 5pm from Thursday through to Monday. You have the option to sit outside at café-style chairs, or inside you can pull up a stool at the bar or tuck yourself away in a quiet little nook off the main shop.
Izzy's Ice Creamery brings back the feel of a retro milk bar with a modern twist and is the perfect place to round off your next visit to Mannum.