August is a good month for Asheville’s ice cream lovers. Each year, The Hop owners Greg and Ashley Garrison celebrate the historic store’s August anniversary by offering free kiddie scoops of their handmade ice cream for one day. This year, The Hop turns 36 and the Garrisons are celebrating their sixth year as owners of the business on Thursday, Aug. 14. So today, the free scoop deal is available to all ages until 10 p.m. to everyone who walks through the doors at the North Asheville location on Merrimon Avenue, according to The Hop’s Facebook page. An Xpress story from last summer explores the long history of the shop and the Garrisons’ journey as its most recent owners. The Hop’s North Asheville location is at 640 Merrimon Ave.