Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream 225 Capitol St., (304) 343-6488. M-Thur 11am-8pm; F-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 11am-5pm.
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Counter-service in this crisp ice cream parlor-cafe keeps things moving quickly. It is a great stop for a salad or sandwich, but don’t miss the soup of the day with a side of local Charleston bread. From an array of housemade ice cream flavors, I picked Butter Pecan and wasn’t sorry. Flavors change regularly, but folks say it is worth the wait for Espresso Oreo and Guinness. Gluten-free and dairy-free options are also available. All this and really nice servers, too!
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|soup and bread at Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream in Charleston, West Virginia|
And just across the street is:
Taylor Books 226 Capitol Street, (304) 342 1461. M-Thur 7am-8pm, F 7am-10pm, Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-5pm.
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This Charleston institution opened in 1995. More than just a bookstore, in addition to selling books it schedules readings and live music. Also, local artists are exhibited in a gallery space, and a small cafe serves coffee, pastries, and locally brewed beer.
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|art gallery at Taylor Books in Charleston, West Virginia|
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