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Familiar face adds new offerings

By Staff | Feb 6, 2015

Murphy’s Snack Shack is shaking up it offerings. The small ice cream shop decided to start off the new year on a new note and has added a full deli menu in addition to a new variety of high-quality ice cream and snacks.

According to general manager, Maryabele Slavinsky, she was tasked with the mission of coming up with a new business plan after nearly a year of ups and downs for the local business.

“He was done with it,” Slavinsky said of owner, Matt Murphy.

She said the shack was likely to close this winter if a change wasnt made.

So Slavinksy a recent addition to the Murphy’s staff, was given a chance to try something new.

“There were staggering losses last year,” she said.

“I want make it reach its full potential.”

For Slavinsky, Murphys full potential includes a variety of locally sourced deli meats for sale by the pound, and a menu of new subs and sandwiches.

While adding the deli component, Murphys is sticking to it ice creme parlor roots but has introduced a new selection of Trickling Springs Creamery ice cream, a brand of all natural, organic ice cream based out of Chambersburg Pennsylvania, that Slavinsky assures patrons is delicious.

“I wanted to focus on local and quality,” she said.

“Within a few hour trip, you can see all the farms are products are coming from now.”

Murphy’s now sells a selection of freshly sliced deli meats including black forest ham, oven roasted chicken great, turkey, and roast beef, many of which are free range. Cheeses include American, baby Swiss and provolone, among others.

Ice cream flavors include salted caramel, pineapple, butter brickle, vanilla birthday cake, cookies n cream, mint chocolate chip, as well as classics like chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, among many others.

Customers can still order by the cone or cup and can find a selection of specialty treats, like shakes and sundaes.

Soups will soon grace the menu and for now a batch of homemade chili is served daily.

Slavinsky said she hopes the deli fills a niche in the Shepherdstown community for those who want to walk downtown to get their meats and cheese and enjoy some ice cream in relaxed and fun environment.

“We’re fun and quirky,” she said.

Murphy’s Snack Shack is located at 207 South Princess street and is open noon to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. More information on the shack can be found by visiting their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Murphys-Snack-Shack/563303510426702