Ice cream shop to reopen after water damage

After redoing floors, mural parlor will offer fifteen percent discount tomorrow



The flood on Grand Avenue left Rollys ice cream damaged by water and mud. Community members helped to make repairs.

GABRIEL BRAVO, Evergreen reporter

Rollys in Pullman will have its grand re-opening tomorrow after suffering flood damage on April 9. An unexpected amount of rain fall caused the nearby Missouri Flat Creek to flood and engulf Grand Ave.

Crystal Gayles, one of the owners of the ice cream parlor, said members of the community helped in the process of reopening the shop.

“We had some walls redone, flooring redone,” Gayles said. “Our mural was a little bit damaged so the artist had to come in and touch up a bit. It was a lot.”

Gayles expected to be back in business three weeks after the flood but because there were many contractors repairing the shop renovations took six weeks, she said.

General contractors were not the only ones helping the business get back up on its feet. Sigma Pi was on site the next day helping Gayles clean up.

“The day after the flood happened [Sigma Pi members] were outside helping clean up,” Gayles said. “I didn’t know who they were but after [talking] a bit they came in and started cleaning.”

During Gayles’ conversation with the fraternity members she discovered Sigma Pi is one of the

fraternities her husband caters for.

Three fraternity brothers, along with a fellow good Samaritan, began cleaning the shop which was flooded with an inch and a half of mud, she said.

The cleaning estimate was $11,000, Gayles said. But with the help from Sigma Pi members, the good Samaritan and other volunteers she didn’t pay $11,000 for cleaning, Gayles said.

To celebrate the re-opening customers will receive 15 percent off their purchase tomorrow only. The shop will only accept cash but an ATM will be available on the premises.

“It’ll feel good once we start getting people through the door,” Gayles said. “It feels good [to be open]. It’ll definitely pay off.”