Johnson County ice cream, doughnut shop has new owners less than 3 years after opening

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Kansas City chocolatier Christopher Elbow has sold his Fairway Creamery operation.

The combination ice cream and doughnut shop at 5938 Mission Road, Fairway, opened in June 2019.

Ali and Stephanie Shirazi, who had owned and operated Westside Cafe and Shiraz restaurant, and Shonda Warner, owner of Farmacopia Farms, are the new owners.

The deal was completed in September, but Elbow has been involved daily during the transition. The purchase price was not disclosed, and he still owns the building.

Ali has been making the ice cream at Fairway Creamery since the opening, as well as at Elbow’s former Glacé Artisan Ice Cream shops. Flavors rotate but can include salty caramel, honey lavender, blackberry, and chocolate flake. Customers can order shakes, malts, sundaes, floats and soft serve, and the shop also sells Christopher Elbow chocolates.

“We lived in Fairway for about 13 years and we love the area and we love the ice cream,” said Stephanie Shirazi. “It’s a fun business and a happy business.”

Fairway Creamery remodeled a longtime gas station at 5938 Mission Road in Fairway.
Fairway Creamery remodeled a longtime gas station at 5938 Mission Road in Fairway.

The menu also still includes freshly made doughnuts, coffee drinks, hot chocolate, and chai tea lattes. It serves breakfast on the weekends, including breakfast sandwiches and burritos, and biscuits and gravy.

Pizza 51 West had previously operated in the spot, and before that it had long been a Sinclair gas station.

Elbow started out in a studio above the Mediterranean-style Shiraz in 2003. He later opened his own shop in the Crossroads. He also had Glace Artisan Ice Cream shops south of the Country Club Plaza and in Leawood, which have since closed.

He has a headquarters, production and distribution facility on the city’s West Side.

“I’m trying to narrow my focus as I get older,” he said Saturday. “I’m just too busy. The chocolate shop is really growing.”

Fairway Creamery offers freshly made doughnuts and ice cream.
Fairway Creamery offers freshly made doughnuts and ice cream.

Christopher Elbow finds a neighborhood spot in JoCo for coffee, doughnuts, ice cream

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