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Clinton plans Thursday evening fun, celebrates new ice cream shop

Clinton, S.C. – For many months Laila’s Place Ice Cream has been providing sweet treats from its mobile cart, and now the family business owned by Newberry residents Jason and Tia Devette is proving a welcome addition to the Main Street Clinton landscape, said Main Street Clinton Manager Joe Timmons.
“It’s been packed,” Timmons said. “They have about 40 different flavors, including containers of ice cream containing alcohol. Caramel Bourbon is my favorite.”
The Devettes have been working to expand from Newberry to the store front at 200 West Main St., Clinton, for several months, and finally launched earlier this month.
It’s one of many businesses which will keep their doors open well into the evening this Thursday evening, Aug. 25, from 5 to 9 p.m. when Main Street Clinton and the City of Clinton welcome students and families for its final Town Rhythms of the summer.

“It will
be a busy night,” Timmons said. “We are holding the Welcome Back to PC events, as well as the football celebration for the Clinton-Laurens football game, and we’re having a karaoke night.”
The karaoke night event is among the ideas which did well when Timmons worked in Lancaster, and he thinks there will be surprises from local residents in Clinton as well.
“We’ll have a karaoke jockey, and she’ll have a list of the music and they can sign up, pick a song and sing their hearts out, or at least try to sing their hearts out,” Timmons said. “We hope that people show up with their lawn chairs and cheer people along.”
Everyone who sings will have a wide range of prizes to choose from, ranging from Presbyterian College T-shirts and water bottles to board games and even ramen noodles.
Other entertaining activities include a game truck and water games.
“The karaoke starts at 5, and at 7 we will take a short break to announce the arrival of the game ball from the Running of the Ball by the LDHS and CHS track teams, and then we’ll get back to karaoke,” Timmons said.
The License to Ale Truck owned by Palmetto Brothers Dispensary will be on site. In addition to Laila’s Place, all the downtown restaurants – House of Pizza, Patriots Kitchen, Big Boys and Steamers – will be open for business.
One new business, Tipsy Gypsy, will also have sign-up sheets because Main Street Clinton is seeking models for a winter fashions show to highlight Clinton boutiques.

This story first ran page 1 of the Wednesday, Aug. 17 issue of The Laurens County Advertiser.

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