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Sebastián Masiá Arques was the founder of La Xixonenca but also the first handmade ice-cream manufacturer and seller in Sant Feliu de Guíxols. Sebastián was from Xixona (Alicante, Spain) and in the 40’s opened a little shop in a doorway of a street in Barcelona, where he used to sell handmade nougats.

One day he travelled to Sant Feliu and he liked it so much that he decided to move there with his family. He opened a shop in Maragall street, where he and his workers, all of them from Valencia, Spain, prepared ice-creams and tiger nuts milk in summertime. After this season, the moved back to Xixona to prepare nougats for Christmas time and they didn’t come back until the following year.

But the most popular person related to La Xixonenca was Sebastián Masiá’s son-in-law, Josep Lluís Camarasa Campos. In 1950, when he was 28, he started to sell ice-creams with his little cart through the streets of Sant Feliu.

As years went by, Sant Feliu kept on changing and growing up, some hotels were built and it became an important destination for tourists all over the world. Josep Lluís Camarasa Campos had two sons, Josep Lluís and Maria Teresa Camarasa Masiá.

Between 1965 and 1967 he opened his first shop: ice-creams in summer and nougats in winter. It was placed in Verdaguer street and it was really successful because of the novelty of this kind of business. He definitely opened the shop placed in #7 Verdaguer street in 1988 and only closed it three months a year.

Josep Lluís Camarasa Masiá gave up the business in 2001 and his sister, Maria Teresa, and her husband, Josep Maria Vilatge Gómez, moved the business to # 35 of La Rambla, where it is currently opened as an ice-cream shop in summer, nougat shop in Christmas time and cafeteria with a lovely terrace all year long.

Maria Teresa Camarasa Masiá and Josep Maria Vilatge Gómez have two daughters, Paula and Maria… will they be the future?

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