• Biggie Scoopz: Biggie Smalls themed ice-cream parlour opens in Dumbarton

    IT’S a long way from the New York rap scene of the 1990s to selling ice cream in Dumbarton in 2020 – but it’s a leap that James Samain is hoping local dessert fans will make with him.

    James is the man behind Biggie Scoopz, a new ice cream parlour on Cardross Road which has been inspired by the musical legacy of American rapper and hip-hop artist and songwriter Biggie Smalls.Also known as The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie – christened Christopher George Latore Wallace – was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in 1997, aged just 24.

    Twenty-three years later, his music remains hugely popular, and influential, around the world – and while he isn’t especially well known as an ice-cream-eating icon, it’s his artistic legacy that inspired James to set up a specially-themed shop in Dumbarton selling a range of sweet treats, filling what he thinks is a distinct gap in the local market.

    Located a short distance from St Michael’s Primary, Biggie Scoopz was due to open to the public in late March before the Covid-19 pandemic forced James to put his plans, if you’ll pardon the pun, on ice.And his efforts have already attracted attention, with 15,000 likes for the shop’s Facebook page, while Glasgow comedian Gary Faulds making two trips west from the city to try some of James’s products.

    Gary posted on Facebook: “Drove to Dumbarton for a Biggie Scoopz to try the Slimming World waffle - only 12 calories!”

    James said: “Since moving to the west from Edinburgh, the community has welcomed me with open arms, so it is really important that the shop is all about giving back and helping the local community where possible.

    “I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout this journey. We appreciate it so much, without you this wouldn’t be possible.”

    Biggie Scoopz’ range includes ice-cream, chocolate-covered doughnuts, waffles, cupcakes, cheesecakes and milkshakes using ingredients from local businesses wherever possible.

    Check out their Facebook page "Biggie Scoopz" for more information.