Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, the popular Orlando-based frozen treat shop is now bringing its brand to Covington. The North Shore location, set to open in late March at 71180 Highway 1077, marks the first Jeremiah’s opening in the state of Louisiana.
Owner Lisa Rapson, alongside her daughter Lindsey and son-in-law Nick, will operate the Covington location and have plans to open additional locations in the near future. As an area representative for the Jeremiah’s brand, Lisa Rapson has committed to developing 20 locations across the North Shore and southern Louisiana; from Gulfport, MS west to Baton Rouge. With a goal of opening five of her own franchise locations over the next four years, Lisa is also seeking local entrepreneurs interested in opening up their own Jeremiah’s to comprise the other 15 locations within her target.
With a passion for hospitality and making people feel at home, Lisa Rapson’s dream of running a family-owned business began after her husband’s retirement from 22 years of Navy service.
“We absolutely loved the Jeremiah’s brand when we lived in Orlando and are thrilled to bring the concept to Louisiana,” says Lisa. “We’re excited to introduce the same quality product that Jeremiah’s is known for to our Covington residents, and are hoping to build a similar legion of die-hard fans as the brand has in its home state of Florida. It’s very special to us to bring a concept we loved into a family-operated business.”
Jeremiah’s frozen treats have gained immense popularity across the south, gaining loyal followings at each of their locations since its original expansion out of Orlando. Each Jeremiah’s location boasts an upbeat atmosphere full of vibrant colors and offers over 40 flavors of indulgent high-quality Italian Ice as well as Soft Ice Cream. The Jeremiah’s Gelati, which features layers of their Italian Ice swirled with thick, homemade Soft Ice Cream, offers nearly limitless flavor combinations and is the star of the menu. The Covington location is home to indoor and outdoor seating and plans to follow stringent safety protocols. With drive-thru service and plans for third party delivery options available in the near future, guests can enjoy their frozen treats with a peace of mind.
“We want people to think of our Jeremiah’s as the neighborhood ice cream shop,” says Lisa. “Our location is centered in the heart of such a wonderful community. With people already knocking on our door to see if we are open, we can’t wait to give them the frozen treats they have been waiting for.”