Booza Delight specializes in hand-made all-natural Mediterranean ice cream treats
By ROBERT ANKRAPP
For the Times-Herald
HEIGHTS – City officials and employees joined Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce officials, and employees, family and friends of owners Yasser and May Hashwi June 2 for a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the city’s newest frozen treat shop: Booza Delight.
“Contrary to what some folks’ think when they hear our name, Booza Delight, we are not a bar, and we don’t sell alcoholic beverages” Yasser Hashwi chuckled. “Actually, Booza means ice cream in Arabic. We are strictly a family-friendly ice cream and frozen treat shop, and we take pride in serving the best treats around.”
Booza ice cream is a hand-made, all natural frozen treat that originated in the Eastern Mediterranean region where it enjoys great popularity, particularly throughout Lebanon and Syria. The Hashwis are dedicated to introducing Booza – still not a widely-known offering in these parts – to an expanded, regional customer base – as well as offering several other treats, including fruit cocktails, Ashta ice cream rolls, Baklava (stuffed with ice cream), and ice cream cupcakes.
“Everything in our shop is hand-made with care” Hashwi said, “and we use all natural ingredients. We are passionate about the quality of the products we offer.”
Hashwi’s venture into the foodservice industry was not totally new, but his passion for offering the frozen treat represents a bit of a switch from his previous work.
“For a long time, I made pastrami in a USDA-approved facility right here in Dearborn Heights,” he said.
His passion for creating Booza came from not being able to find a good-quality product in the area, so he decided to give up the pastrami business and start making it himself.
The shop truly is a family affair, with Hashwi, his wife, May — 25-year residents of Dearborn Heights — and their son and daughter taking active roles in creating the treats — they offer about 20 custom flavors of Booza — and serving customers. In addition to the family members, the shop also employs eight on a contingent basis.
Customers come from all over the region to enjoy the offerings – along with requests for shipments for Booza coming in from Arizona and Toronto.
“We’re glad to ship our products to ice cream lovers anywhere we can” Hashwi said. “We simply package it up in a special container, and pack it on dry ice. It gets there in good shape every time.”
Booza Delight’s popularity is also gaining national interest, as the shop is now selling its offerings on a wholesale basis to several restaurants and grocery stores, including two stores as far away as Florida.
Booza Delight is at 25038 W. Warren Ave. The shop is open from 3 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 3 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with plans to expand hours even more in the near future.
Orders can be made via phone or text at 313-768-5552.