UPDATE: This location has closed.
Most ice cream shops are kid friendly just by the nature of what they sell.
But nothing makes an ice cream shop more parent friendly than Quail Corners Creamery's child cleaning station. It's a black stand by the door that dispenses both hand wipes and hand sanitizer that actually says "child cleaning station" right on it.
And it's a good thing, because my four-year-old was pretty sticky after our visit there for frozen yogurt and ice cream. Quail Corners Creamery, which opened earlier this year, offers both - so there's no argument over whether you're going froyo or ice cream after dinner.
The shop focuses on locally made products and ingredients. It offers a rotation of ice cream flavors, including some house-churned and others from North Carolina creameries, along with some flavors from Atlanta-based High Road Craft Ice Cream. There are the usual flavors like double chocolate and coffee. And then there are flavors like a vegan version with coconut, kaffir lime and avocado.
When we visited, the shop had about eight or so frozen yogurt flavors with the usual buffet of candy, fruit and other toppings.
My kids went with the froyo. I'm going to have a pretty hard time ordering anything but the double chocolate ice cream when we return. It was that good.
But it doesn't stop there. Quail Corners also makes its own frozen ice pops with flavors such as Thai basil peppercorn or mojito. It sells chocolates, cookies, pastries and coffee, too.
Quail Corners Creamery, 5017 Falls of Neuse Road in north Raleigh's Quail Corners Shopping Center, has a coffee shop vibe with dark colors and seating. You can take your treats to tables outside as well.
Just don't forget to check out that child cleaning station before you head out.