Upscale ice cream shop opens in Oak Cliff

DENISHA McKNIGHT | 8/4/2017, 4:12 p.m. | Updated on 8/4/2017, 4:13 p.m.
Entering Steve and Cammy’s Ice Cream Shop in Oak Cliff, the smell of fresh pound cake and the sight of ...
Camille Jones, co-owner of Steve and Cammy’s Ice Cream Shop in Oak Cliff. Denisha McKnight

While a revelation such as this would make other businesses flee, it further fueled the ice cream machine and inspired the Jones to amplify their presence.

“We can’t lose our identities,” Camille asserted. “The idea is to help grow the economy, [and] for Black people to produce something that other folks have to come and get.”

However, the businesswoman understands the parlor could only do so much to fulfill this mission.

“This is just a start, but there is a broader holistic approach that isn’t developed yet,” she said. “We don’t plan to just stop here.”

Camille stated that she hopes to take a portion of the business earnings and invest it back into the community once they’re stable in order to help local families throughout underserved neighborhoods.

She also expressed her desire for the Black community’s support and her aspiration to become a common stop for everyone in the neighborhood to get a frozen treat.

“This is a mission, and this is for the community,” Camille said. “It’s a family friendly atmosphere. We can have something nice in the Black community that they can experience right here. They don’t have to go to the suburbs … come to Steve & Cammy’s.”