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Colorful ice cream shop scoops extravagant treats on San Antonio's North Side
A San Antonio concept known for its outrageous treats is heading to the North Side. Poppy ice cream chain Kuma will open its new shop on October 5.
The eatery first announced the news in a September 21 Facebook post, revealing the location would be at the intersection of Bulverde Road and TPC Parkway across from Johnson High School. A rep confirmed the opening details and tells CultureMap that fans can expect a similar vibe to the other two shops.
The brand’s colorful storefronts specialize in Hong Kong-style bubble waffles filled with ice creams ranging from whimsical varieties like Teenage Dream and Unicorn to Asian flavors like matcha, lychee, and Vietnamese coffee.
Kuma’s social media popularity, however, stems from the huge assortment of toppings. Its lengthy add-on list includes crunchy items like mermaid pearls, buñuelos, panda-shaped cookies, Fruity Pebbles, and sprinkles along with sauces such as caramel, chocolate, and condensed milk.
The rep says that both the toppings and ice cream menu will rotate seasonally according to what’s available. (We can already imagine pairing the purple yam ice cream with green tea Pocky for a spooky Halloween Instagram post.)
Kuma's new outpost will be the third for the local mini-chain. The shop first introduced itself to the Alamo City in early 2017 with a store at 6565 Babcock Rd. In fall 2018, it expanded with a second location at 7915 W. Loop 1604 N. on the Northwest side.