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Bob's Twist-N-Shake: Ice Cream Goes Retro In Venice

The new Bob's Twist-N-Shake in Venice, a retro-design building, sports a 13-foot-tall, three-dimensional white-and-orange twist ice cream cone that heralds its main product: ice cream.

The design is reminiscent of the ice cream stands of the 1950s and '60s, which coincides with owner Bob Johnson's acquisition of the land at 420 U.S. Highway 41. "I've owned the land where the store is located since the '60s," says Johnson. "I leased it to a bank for 25 years. A few years ago they moved on and the land became vacant. I love ice cream and thought this location was well-suited for this type of project. Venice is a place of character."

In addition to the store and drive-through, exterior spaces include covered canopy seating and shaded garden seating.

Construction was completed in 90 days by JE Charlotte Construction. According to Jeff Charlotte, his business is dedicated to aggressive timelines. "We develop and manage our work on a daily basis, which enabled us to stay on track. We procured all long-lead materials well in advance of the date they were needed on site, so there were no delays to the schedule."

"We thoroughly enjoyed completing this project for the Johnson family," adds Charlotte. "It brought much-needed jobs to the area and we always enjoy projects that bring property tax revenues back on-line without taxing the need for new infrastructure."

Bob's Twist-N-Shake is open from noon until 9 p.m. daily, with a menu that features malts, shakes, floats and smoothies as well as its signature twisty cones.

Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: Bob Johnson, Bob's Twist-N-Shake; Jeff Charlotte, JE Charlotte Construction
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