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Michigan Ice Cream

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Frosty Boy
Jackson, MI

Frosty Boy
Watervliet, MI
The Frosty Boy ice cream chain originated in Australia in 1976 and later expanded to the U.S. and elsewhere. Unlike the cartoon character's depiction everywhere else, this one wears glasses and is identified as "Jacob". The Kalamazoo, MI location also uses the cartoon character on its sign. There was a sign at the Grand Rapids, MI location which is gone now. There is another location in Michigan City, IN. For more, see this website. [Jackson map]; [Watervliet map]

Sweet Retreat
Grand Rapids, MI
I don't know how long the Sweet Retreat ice cream stand has been here or if it was another ice cream place or another business originally. The building is probably from the 1960s. [map]

Dairy Park
Hazel Park, MI
Sherman Dairy Bar
South Haven, MI
The Dairy Park building had a flat roof with a rooftop sign in 1972. The barn-like roof was added sometime after that. [map]

The Sherman Dairy Bar's origins go back to 1916 when it was a milk producing and delivery business. In the 1950s, one of the sons began making ice cream. Today, in addition to this retail location, the ice cream is distributed in southwest Michigan, northeast Indiana, and the greater Chicago area. The cow on the roof of this stand is named "Blue Moo". For more, see this website. [map]

Dairy Dan
Westland, MI
Dairyville [gone]
Traverse City, MI
Dairy Dan opened in 1956. The stand sells soft and hard ice cream, as well as a local favorite beverage: the Boston Cooler. [map]

Dairyville was built in the late 1970s and has always been Dairyville. This photo is from 2006. In 2010, the building was destroyed in a fire.

Bardon's Wonder Freeze
Traverse City, MI
Bardon's Wonder Freeze opened around 1950. The sputnik sign on the roof was mass-produced. [map]

Dairy Lodge
Traverse City, MI
The Dairy Lodge opened in 1958. [map]

Swirly Top Dairy Bar
Chesterfield, MI
Eva's Dairy Cafe
Lake Orion, MI
I believe the Swirly Top Dairy Bar opened around 1950. [map]

Eva's Dairy Cafe has been here since at least the 1980s. It probably went by another name before that. The building appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Dairy Deluxe
Birmingham, MI
Dairy-Go-Round
Plymouth, MI
Dairy Deluxe opened in the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Dairy-Go-Round features a fun merry-go-round shaped building. [map]

Captain Sundae
Holland, MI
Captain Sundae is famous for its Tommy Turtle (ice cream with caramel, hot fudge, and salted pecans). The stand features a ship-shaped picnic area behind the store. There are now two other locations. [map]

C.J.'s Shiver Shack
Allegan, MI
Jones Homemade Ice Cream Parlor
Baldwin, MI
C.J.'s Shiver Shack has been here since at least 2005. Does anyone know the original name of this place? [map]

Jones Homemade Ice Cream Parlor opened in 1942. In addition to the great ice cream, the interior features historic photos of downtown Baldwin. [map]

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