At The Daily Scoop on Main in Shallotte, Theresa Langley makes delicious treats and shares her blessings with the people of her hometown.
Shallotte native Theresa Langley has always loved working with children. After graduating from West Brunswick High School in 1983 and receiving her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, she spent 22 years working in the Pender County School System as well as being the youth director for the Boys & Girls Club in Pender and New Hanover counties.
“My passion has always been working with and helping children,” she says, “so those jobs were perfect for me. To teach a child something new and see their reaction is so rewarding.”
But after more than two decades in Pender and New Hanover counties, she was ready to return home to Shallotte to start a new life with the love of her life, Jeff Williamson.
“It’s the place I love best, it’s home!” she says.
She and Williamson opened The Daily Scoop on Main on Memorial Day weekend in 2017. While she’s not working directly with children any longer, she still gets to see young faces light up when she hands them a cool, tasty treat.
At The Daily Scoop on Main, they have something for everyone. There’s frozen yogurt, a 60-plus item topping bar, 32 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream, old-fashioned banana splits, all-natural smoothies, sundaes, gourmet coffees, homemade ice cream cakes, pastries and much more. They also offer gluten-free, dairy-free, no sugar added, low-fat and non-fat products. Their items are the real stuff made with real, wholesome products.
Their latest rollout is Shake Ems — real milkshakes with yummy goodies that are served in Mason jars as keepsakes for the customers to take home. The Shake Ems milkshakes aren’t just plain old milkshakes — each is an individual piece of artwork, and no two are exactly the same. Toppings vary from whipped cream to sprinkles, cookies, gummies, fruits, brownies, mini candy bars and more.
“Something new and different is always happening at The Daily Scoop on Main,” Langley says, adding that they have a private room for birthday parties.
The location in the heart of downtown in Shallotte Plaza on Main Street is perfect, Langley notes.
“We are three doors down from Duffer’s Restaurant,” she says. “After lunch or dinner folks can come enjoy one of our many scrumptious treats.”
When the shop opened Langley had three priorities to maintain daily: friendliness, cleanliness and offering an awesome product. By the reviews they receive, they have accomplished those goals. When a customer walks in, they are always welcomed. When Langley is working, they are going to hear, “Hey y’all, welcome to The Daily Scoop on Main, everyone.” An easy icebreaker to start a conversation is asking the customer if they’re local and a member of the Local Reward Program.
Langley assures everyone that even with the COVID-19 challenges, customers can still come and dine in at the tables and comfortable couches and spend time with family and friends as they enjoy their tasty treats and still feel safe. The shop has been very strict with abiding by the CDC guidelines and following the three Ws: Wear, Wait, Wash. They have taken extra steps to ensure the safest atmosphere possible. Carryout, curbside and delivery services are also available. Along with Langley, there are several part-time employees working in the shop, including high school students, college students and one employee who is about the same age as Langley.
“From all of the feedback we get, customers say that having one or two scoops of the Hershey’s hand-dipped ice cream we carry or getting to build their own masterpiece with our frozen yogurt and toppings makes their day,” Langley says. “It’s their happy place, it’s a break from their everyday routines where they can relax. They like coming here knowing they will be greeted with a smiling face and a warm welcome. We want them to immediately feel like they are part of The Daily Scoop family because our motto is ‘The Daily Scoop on Main, where you are FAMILY not a customer!’”
In Langley’s free time she loves to go fishing with her father, Milton Williams, or Williamson.
“My parents have five daughters, and whenever Daddy wanted to go fishing, I was always by his side,” she says. “He taught me everything I know from baiting the hook and casting the line to, most importantly, how to wait patiently to reel in the big one, praying for a flounder, trout or redfish. Yes, he even taught me how to clean them!”
Langley loves traveling with Williamson and looks forward to going to a new destination each spring. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, Lauren, as well as with her son, Christopher, his wife, Wendy, and their two sons, Preston and Chayton. Chayton likes being his Nanny’s sidekick at The Daily Scoop on Main.
One of Langley’s priorities is giving back to the community.
“Helping others was instilled in us as children by our parents,” she says. “There are people in need, and it’s the right thing to do.”
The Daily Scoop on Main is involved with the community in many ways, from sponsoring a Dixie Youth Baseball team to running Dixie Youth Baseball concessions to partnering with WINGS Ministries in Ocean Isle Beach and their Backpack Full of Blessings Program. They also have percent-night fundraisers for nonprofit organizations and partner with the Shallotte Lions Club and Toys for Tots at Christmas.
Langley loves being a part of a supportive community like Shallotte. “I got to see that during Hurricane Florence in 2018 and even more recently,” she says. “It’s a caring community, and customers showed their support by supporting small businesses.”
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The Daily Scoop on Main
4924-5 Main Street, Shallotte
Hours are Sunday from 1 to 9 pm, Monday to Thursday from 12 to 9 pm and Friday and Saturday from 12 to 10 pm.