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Marble Slab Creamery to Close in Coming Weeks

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In December 2016, we brought you the story of Marvel Hess' battle with an inoperable brain tumor and her efforts to sell her business, The Marble Slab Creamery in the shopping center on Pyramid Highway and McCarran. She has announced they are closing their doors within the next few weeks.

For owner Marvel Hess, the Marble Slab Creamery has become more than just an ice cream business, it's become her home.

But for one of the communities most favorite ice cream makers, life took an unexpected turn last year. An inoperable brain tumor has taken away some of her eye sight, and made running a business a whole lot harder.

“We had to lower our hours way down, and with the amount of business we lost because of the road construction and then just the energy level, we were trying to stick through it,” said Marvel’s husband Craig Mickel.

He says running the business became too much, so they made the tough decision to try to sell the business. Craig says it would be the safest thing to do for Marvel.

“We priced it at $40,000 so we could sell it quickly.”

Unsurprisingly, the reasonable for sale price led to several offers, but those offers turned into nothing more than let downs. Leaving this couple with only one thing left to do.

“Three times burned I’m not going to waste my time,” said Mickel. “I’m not going to pay October’s rent so September 27th is the last day I will absolutely be open."

Craig says the only thing that would change his mind to sell would be some earnest money upfront, but he's not holding his breath.

If it was up to Marvel, she would stay at this place forever, she says the hardest part about closing the business is going to be saying goodbye to her most loyal customers and her new ones.

“I hope someone can buy it and take it over as the same store, I really do, I will come in and buy ice cream and be one of their regular customers.”

If you'd like one of these tasty treats before the doors permanently close, they'll be open Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday’s through Sunday’s.

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