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Lexi Johnson pours hot fudge over ice cream at Republic Ice Cream.

Republic Ice Cream's official company history started a century ago, with the owners' great-grandfather and great-great-uncle selling frozen treats on Coney Island. But it took generations for the family to get back in the ice cream business, opening a production facility in Myrtle Beach. The manufacturer now supplies restaurants and shops throughout South Carolina.

It also runs its own retail business, operating three stores in Myrtle Beach and two stores in Florida. The latest addition to the portfolio is the Charleston shop: Republic Ice Cream opened in April in the former Planet Smoothie at 431 King St. The flavor menu at Republic includes vanilla, butter pecan, chocolate chip, strawberry and cookies-and-cream.

Open daily at noon, Republic closes at 9 p.m. on Sunday-Wednesday, 10 p.m. on Thursdays and 11 p.m. on Friday-Saturday. To learn more, visit or call 212-3874.