By Christine Reardon
After years of being a two scoop neighborhood, Downtown Kenosha now boasts four ice cream parlors, each with its own personality. Whether you’re looking for a gourmet treat or to relive the hot summer days of your childhood, you’re sure to find the perfect place to indulge your sweet tooth.
Scoops 5711 8th Avenue
When owner Julie learned the lease for Scoops wasn’t going to be renewed she wondered if she would be able to keep the store going off the downtown’s main drag. But business is booming at their new 8th Avenue location. A catchy sign designed by Brandon Minga, a Milwaukee artist who also designed Mike’s Chicken and Donuts, brings in traffic from Sheridan Road, introducing new people to Downtown Kenosha. Featuring award winning and Wisconsin favorite Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, Scoops caters to a wide range of customers with vegan and gluten free options, home made brownies and waffle cones, a wall of candies, and gourmet cupcakes by KayCakes. There are even some options for our canine friends. With indoor and outdoor seating as well as a large parking lot, there’s room for the whole crew at Scoops.
Sugar Boxx 5700 6th Avenue
Co-owner and entrepreneur Shawnice Young was inspired to open the Sugar Boxx when she heard that large families couldn’t afford to take their kids out to ice cream. Selling all of our childhood favorites, the Sugar Boxx brings back memories of hot summer days with neighborhood kids chasing the ice cream truck. Catering to families, the Sugar Boxx has a play area with toys, books, and coloring sheets that can go home with the artist or get posted on the gallery wall for everyone to see. With a great collection of frozen treats starting at $1.50, a family of six can treat themselves for $10 and still have enough left over to tip the nieces and nephews who sometimes help out in the store. Be sure to look around town for their ice cream truck which can be booked for parties and corporate events. Visit their facebook page for more information.
Sandy’s Popper 5503 6th Avenue
Sandy’s Popper started as a popcorn stand at Harbor Market in 2005. Now it fills two store fronts with one side dedicated to their home made gourmet popcorn and the other for ice cream. With a large assortment of candies and themed gifts that can’t be found just anywhere, Sandy’s Popper is fun to explore and just might have that item you never knew you needed. Next door to Trolley Dogs, it is the perfect compliment to a family lunch during a day at the museum or the Peanut Butter and Jam concert. Serving Cedar Crest Ice Cream, Sandy has created several ice cream concoctions chock full of goodies from throughout the store and overflowing the cup. You’ll have to sit down for a few minutes to enjoy the top before walking about town to take in the sights with what remains. Sandy’s Popper has always been supportive of young local musical talent and you can often find someone honing their performance chops in front of the store. We look forward to seeing that again once sidewalk improvements are complete.
Myrtle Mae’s Sugar Emporium 5819 6th Avenue
Myrtle Mae’s sister store, Elsie Mae’s, also got her start at Harbor Market. Expanding from home made pies and jams to a sweet shop, Myrtle Mae’s is next door in the Orpheum Theater. The decor pays homage to the building’s history with cinema seats and movie posters. Serving Purple Door, Milwaukee’s super-premium, hand-crafted artisan ice cream, Myrtle Mae’s always has something new, cycling through different flavors regularly. At the time of writing Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned and Blackberry Lime were on the menu. With choices like that, there’s no telling what you’ll find when you stop in. They also have home made cones, bringing a rotating selection of toppings and a large candy selection. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll be able to stop in for ice cream after a local film festival at the Orpheum. I know I can’t resist stopping for ice cream walking between my home and the lake. With all these options my biggest challenge will be deciding what I want. I hope to see you there!