Walking into The Ice Cream Factory, the walls look good enough to eat. And that’s kind of the idea, say owners Chris and Bethany Casa.
The “factory” theme fits into the name of the Box Factory building where it sits on Main Street, Fairport. Local artist Lorraine Staunch created a colorful mural inside the shop illustrates this concept with gears made out of fruit slices and scoops of blue and green ice cream moving along a conveyor belt.
“I had someone come in and tell me, ‘This is the only place that really looks like an ice cream place,’” said Chris, 40.
The shop opened May 1 after longtime local favorite, Lickety Splits, closed in 2012. Although ownership has changed, Casa said the location on the Erie Canal couldn’t be better for foot traffic from pedestrians and families stopping for a sweet treat after spending time outdoors.
“There are so many events in the village that help business,” said Casa. “We have Canal Days and Music and Food Fest in the summer, the (crew) regatta and Scarecrow Fest in the fall — it’s always busy.”
This year, The Ice Cream Factory will be tentatively closing for the season in late September, depending on weather. Casa said next year the owners hope to add onto their kitchen space, and reveal their plans to make their business more versatile although what that means, exactly, is still under wraps.
  For now, you’ll find a steady stream of customers ordering the likes of red velvet cake, “Movie Time” (popcorn flavored ice cream with caramel) and other unique flavors, along with many old favorites.