BERLIN â€“ Berlin held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Cortneyâ€™s Dips & Sauces, a unique new store in town, Wednesday morning.
â€śThis is a darling little shop. Itâ€™s very comfortable coming in and you can tell itâ€™s going to be a success. Thereâ€™s a lot of positive energy and itâ€™s family oriented,â€ť said Bill Moore, Greater New Britain Chamber president.
Cortney Troup, a Berlin resident, was renting space at the VFW in New Britain until business picked up so much that there was a greater need for space and storage. After having her eye on this location for a while the opportunity presented itself.
â€śWe used to get hot dogs here and my friend is the landlordâ€™s niece so I always knew about the space and I kind of dreamt about how perfect it would be,â€ť Troup said. â€śSo I went online and saw that it was free, but he was advertising for office space. I called my friend, she called him, he met with us, I told him my plan, he liked it and the rest is history and it couldnâ€™t be more perfect.â€ť
Troup transformed the former hot dog restaurant located at 1400 Berlin Turnpike, completely cleaning, repainting, remodeling and furnishing it with all new equipment.
â€śI love the transformation; it doesnâ€™t even feel like the same place. It is customer friendly, appealing and the spread is tremendous,â€ť said Chris Edge, Berlin economic development director.
Cortneyâ€™s Dips & Sauces offers dips made from cottage cheese instead of sour cream and mayonnaise.
â€śSo theyâ€™re healthy, kid friendly and one of a kind; thereâ€™s nothing like it,â€ť Troup said. â€śWeâ€™ve been making this recipe for 40 years; itâ€™s my dadâ€™s onion dip recipe. We started with that and we couldnâ€™t go anywhere without people requesting we bring it.â€ť
Troup prepares small batches of the dips and packages them by hand. The flavors offered include Dill & Spring Onion, Fiery Red Pepper, Strawberries & Cream, Garlic & Herb, Vanilla Cinnamon with Dark Chocolate Chips and Savory Onion & Peppercorn.
â€śThe Red Pepper goes great with tacos and the Strawberry goes great with pancakes, just put a small amount in the batter,â€ť Troup said.
There is also a dip of the week, so each week that flavor changes.
â€śCanoli is the dip of the week this week,â€ť Troup said.
Due to covid, Cortneyâ€™s Dips & Sauces mainly offers curbside pickup on Tuesdays and Thursdays through preorder on the website. There is also free local delivery on Tuesdays to Berlin and surrounding towns.
â€śIt was hard trying to get this location open during the pandemic,â€ť Troup said. â€śBut having this space with just me in it, not having to share and being able to do curbside, I felt like it was very safe for me during this time. I can control whoâ€™s in the store.â€ť
Troup is excited to be back and opening in Berlin and hopes later on down the road to become a one stop shop for party hosts and party goers.
â€śIâ€™m looking forward to partnering with local vendors and maybe some gift shops in town to do maybe pop up holiday events,â€ť Troup said. â€śBut I do want to carry local vendors here so people can come in grab a couple dips, a bag of chips and gifts, especially around the holidays.â€ť