Beardcat’s Sweet Shop is a gelateria, coffee shop and retail space that sits below The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island, SC. Our Captain BeardCat figurehead (and Feline sidekick) are speculated to share quite an interesting history with Miss Carolina Sullivan. All we truly know today is that with our Sweet Shop, we strive to bring the good people of Sullivan’s Island the best possible sweet and savory flavor profiles imaginable.
During the conceptual phase of The Obstinate Daughter, our think-tank team considered uses for the original retail space under the restaurant. Having served as a small produce stand years ago, the Island Boy Produce space seemed to be a perfect place to serve Sullivan’s Island house-made, artisanal gelato made from locally sourced ingredients.
The tentative plans for a proposed gelateria were solidified when Caroline Sherman (then the Pastry Chef at Wild Olive) agreed to take the helm at Beardcat’s. Having won over all staff and dinner guests at Wild Olive for nearly four years, Caroline was the perfect candidate for such a business venture. In preparation for the gelateria opening, Caroline took extensive coursework at Carpigiani in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and also more advanced studies at the Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna, Italy. The advanced classes in Bologna coupled with Caroline’s pasty prowess proved to be a winning combination as Mrs. Sherman now offers the best selection of locally sourced gelati and sorbetti in the Lowcountry.
In addition to offering cups of gelato, Beardcat’s also specializes in gelato sandwiches, popsicles and even gelato cakes for any occasion. Staple items, such as pastries and cookies, are paired with drinks from Cannonborough Beverage Company, house-made grab and go sandwiches, smoothies and fresh pressed juices. The Sweet Shop has also partnered with Counter Culture Coffee in Durham, North Carolina to provide full coffee shop service. The Beardcat’s staff has trained extensively with the Counter Culture Coffee gurus. With the La Marzocco espresso machine and the Counter Culture coffee beans, it truly is as good as it gets.