Galveston's favorite ice cream parlor reopens

August 6, 2009 3:19:52 PM PDT
Galveston's favorite candy and ice cream parlor, La King's Confectionary, has reopened. Jeffrey King is the latest in a long line of Kings to hold court at La King's Confectionary in Galveston.

"I'm 16, going on 17," Jeffrey said. "I can scoop a little ice cream."

Candy, chocolate, and ice cream are all sold at the shop, as much as customers want, and all made by hand right inside.

The ice cream is churning again after being closed for 10 months. An eight-foot surge destroyed the first floor and most of everything inside.

"We don't know how to do anything else, so we had no choice but to rebuild," Jack King said. "The whole family worked on getting it back together and reopened. But we lost a lot of our antiques. That was our biggest heartbreak."

For Esla Phillip, the orange-covered chocolate slices beckon.

"I come here to chill out. I walk the Strand to get rid of stress and come inside and get something here," she said.

Candymaker Ernest Torres has been making chocolate treats at La King's for 24 years. For him, being able to get back to work after the storm is the sweetest treat of all.

"It's great," he said. "I love my job. I love making candy and I like to see the results. I like to see people actually eating it. They just love it."

For Jack, being open again is equally sweet.

"I like to see kids in here. Of course they get their hands all in the cases, but the thing I missed more and I realized it when I reopened is the noise."

La King's Confectionary is open daily from 10am to 6 pm.

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