Opening an ice cream shop was risky. Cuscuna, 54, was a teacher for more than 20 years. Smith was a Syfy screenwriter who also produced and directed audiobooks.
But when Smith wasn’t working, he made ice cream for his family and friends.
“The real impetus was just that joy that it brings when you make ice cream and you share it with people,” Smith said. “And I wasn’t really getting that same sense of connection and fulfillment out of writing those monster movies.”