It’s warming up out there so it’s time for some ice cream!

Old Town is your place for a cool treat on a hot day. We have three really great options.

Arctic Corner has been on the corner of Center St. and Cesar Chavez Ave. for 11 years. But their predecessors have been there since 1958. It’s hard to drive by on a hot day and not see a crowd because of their delicious soft serve products including cones, sundaes, milk shakes, frosties and more. There are always interesting flavors of the day as well.

Scoops is located on the corner of Cesar Chavez Ave. and Capitol Ave. in the historic Sinclair Gas Station building. This is the place to go for hard-packed MSU Dairy ice cream. They offer a myriad of flavors and ingredients in the ice cream and then create magnificent cones, sundaes, smoothies, frappes and more!  My fav is a fresh warm brownie sundae with D’Antonio chocolate ice cream. And there is a HUGE assortment of cones to load up.

Ozone’s Brewery is the least likely place for ice cream! They have a freezer case chock full of “Ice Box” brand Michigan made gourmet ice cream bars that blow away ANYTHING you’ve seen before in a bar EVER. For example, my favorite is “Green Dragon”: Oreo and Butterfinger cookie layer, mint chocolate chip ice cream, semi-sweet chocolate, topped with Oreo pieces and Butterfinger crumbs. A welcome treat after some spicy pizza or if you’re not in the mood for some amazing beer.


–by Mark Chamberlin, OTCA org committee

scoopsRico Lewis has always loved business.

Rico owned a natural foods store as well as a beauty supply store in Detroit when he lived there. Once he moved to Lansing, Linda Baughman, his business partner at Scoops, took him on a tour of Old Town. He fell in love with the scenery and historic setting of the town. One of Rico’s favorite buildings was the old Sinclair Gas Station that was built in 1923, which was formerly Artie’s Coffee House. One day he noticed the property was vacant and got in touch with the owner, Dale Schrader, who had recently restored the building in 2011. The building is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

This is when the idea of Scoops started to churn.

Scoops Ice Cream in Old Town offers 11 premium ice cream flavors, which include some from MSU Dairy, Hershey’s and Hudsonville. You can sit outside and enjoy anything from ice cream to pizza and burgers here at Scoops. One mechanism that sets Scoops apart from other ice cream businesses is that they will be staging events all summer. They are also available for children’s parties and family socials.

During the winter months Linda and Rico plan to remain open and operate their drive-thru during the winter with their “Scoops has Soups” along with other food items. For more information, visit them on their Facebook page or stop by when you’re in Old Town. Anyone who brings this article with them will receive a free “Scoop on Scoops” — try it out!

By Drew Thomasson, OTCA communications intern