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Mom opens Jackson Ward ice cream shop to fulfill late son’s dream

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Posted at 10:12 AM, Aug 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-04 10:12:58-04

RICHMOND, Va. — Carrying on with a plan set into motion by her late son, 80-year-old Barbara Given is bringing an ice cream parlor to life in Jackson Ward.

With the help of friends and neighbors, Given, a resident of Alexandria, plans to open Stoplight Cafe at 405 Brook Road this fall. The shop will serve house-made gelato and soft-serve ice cream, as well as breakfast and lunch items.

The business is five years in the making, a road that began when Given and her son Bryce Given bought the 105-year-old building in 2010.

Bryce was a master carpenter who specialized in doing trim work around Richmond. The VCU grad was also a skilled mechanic who liked to fix up old Volkswagens. He had planned to use part of the Brook Road property – originally a feed and grain store in the early 20th century – as a garage to pursue his interest in cars. He owned a vast collection of Americana and pop culture curiosities, as well as a cat named Michael Jackson. After several periods of recovery, Bryce died in March from cancer at age 52.

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