Jr. Scoop founder opens brick-and-mortar
For years, former Inza R. Wood Middle School teacher Jordan Scoggins helped shepherd young chefs and entrepreneurs through the popular Jr. Scoop program, where kids made ice cream from scratch at school and sold it throughout the community.Â Â
Now that he's retired, Scoggins and his family are taking their culinary game to the next level.
Scoggins and his sons Ben, 13, and Lincoln, 11, opened Half Pint Brothers in June, where they sell ice cream and sandwiches out of the Historic Butteville Store in Aurora.
"Teaching was a big part of my life, and it was great, but I don't miss it so much as I miss the kids. The kids were fantastic," Scoggins said. "I had a lot of them come by and visit the store, and that's been gratifying. Getting a chance to work with my kids in this new chapter has been fantastic."Â
Scoggins, who won the Rotary Club of Wilsonville's First Citizen Award in 2018 for his work to build Jr. Scoop, retired because he wanted to spend more time with his kids.
"Like a lot of teachers, I was spending all my time with other people's kids and spending very little time with my own," he said.Â
After a year of retirement, it was time for him to try something new. The kids suggested ice cream and Scoggins agreed.Â
Soon, they found out that the lease on the Butteville Store facility was expiring and that they had the opportunity to start a business together. The store opened June 6.Â
The beginning days were spent determining the recipes and teaching Ben and Lincoln how to make ice cream and sandwiches. The Scoggins family already switched off making dinner each evening — Scoggins raved about Ben's pork kebab — so the learning curve may not have been as steep.Â
"Just making food and having those responsibilities and taking care of other people is really important to our family," Scoggins said.Â
He added thatÂ the ice cream is similar to that of Jr. Scoop, but the difference is that they buy cream from Lulubelle's Creamery and fresh fruit from Willamette Valley growers.Â
"The peach sorbet comes from peaches picked off the day before. The ice cream is extremely fresh," Scoggins said.Â
Some sandwiches, meanwhile, include pulled pork, London broil beef and Bourbon Ridge ham alongside homemade potato salad. The store will be open Tuesdays through Sundays until mid-October, and then will only be open only for Saturday night music alongside full course meals after that. Then it will reopen again next summer. Along with that, Scoggins is excited to host private events at the store.Â
Lincoln was disappointed when the COVID-19 pandemic dashed his plans to join Jr. Scoop, but he has enjoyed learning how to make sandwiches this year. Typically Ben handles the sandwiches while Lincoln serves the ice cream. For Ben and Lincoln, getting up for their day job and toiling through the summer isn't always easy, but they enjoy it.Â
"Normally in the morning I really don't want to go, but when I get there, it's like I'm ready. It's weird getting out of bed and saying, 'I'm going to work today,'" Lincoln said.Â
"I like making people happy through food," Ben said.Â
The benefits in the long run may be both tangible and intangible. Lincoln and Ben get paid for their work, and Scoggins said the money is going into Roth IRA accounts.Â
"They're making money they can put away into stocks and give them a head start right now," Jordan said.Â
And as was the case with Jr. Scoop, Scoggins said his kids are learning important skills like how to work hard, be responsible and provide quality customer service. He steadfastly believes that kids are capable of more than many adults realize.Â
"My expectations of what a 11- to 13-year-old can do is really high," he said. "They've always figured it out. My boys are no different and the kids I taught were no different. Kids today don't get opportunities like that."
For more information on Half Pint Brothers, visit https://halfpintbrothers.com/.
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