Sunday, July 20 is National Ice Cream Day. But you don’t need a special day to enjoy a tasty treat at Scoopy Doo’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream parlor in DeWitt. Whether you’re at a picnic, a party or the playground … nothing goes better with summer fun than a scoop – or two – of ice cream. Scoopy Doo’s, co-owned by Jason and Casey Thompson, serves up to 30 flavors of ice cream. Customers can get hard ice cream, soft serve ice cream, shakes, malts, flurries and sundaes. For those with special needs, they also have dairy-free and sugar-free options. Favorite flavors at the shop include peanut butter chocolate chip, cookie dough and coconut almond chip. More traditional flavors like mint chip and cherry cordials are also available. They also serve novelty items, like bright multi-colored Superman popsicles and doggie cones for the family pooch. “I’ve loved ice cream ever since I was little,” Casey said. “And Jason and I have been looking for a place to own for a long time.” The Thompsons bought the ice cream parlor in 2012, and first opened its doors for business in March 2013. Located in one of the oldest buildings in DeWitt, it was an ice cream shop when they purchased it. Except for some minor tweaks, they haven’t changed a thing. Images of the cartoon character dog Scooby Doo are peppered throughout the shop. Customers can relax at a booth or traditional counter inside or enjoy the outdoor sites of downtown DeWitt sitting at a picnic table. “We’re having so much fun running the shop – every aspect of it,” said Casey. From going to ice cream vendor shows to selecting the brands the shop will carry to maintaining the day-to-day operations of running a business, it’s obvious that the store is a labor of love. Besides serving cool and creamy treats, Casey said that she sees the parlor as a gathering place for families — even her own. Casey’s mom and sister help behind the counter and contribute to the friendly community atmosphere of the shop. They, along with Casey and Jason, make it a point to be sure each customer feels welcome, even greeting most of them by their first name. “We know some customers so well that we often can start preparing their orders when we first see them pull up to the shop,” she said. Not only do customers come to them, but they also reach out to their neighbors. Jason drives a golf cart with a pull-behind freezer that is reminiscent of ice cream trucks of old. Every night, when weather permits, the truck meanders through the streets of DeWitt churning out Scooby Doo and other ice cream truck classic music. This is a great way to bring their products to people who may be home bound and to introduce themselves to those who haven’t had a chance to visit the parlor, Casey said. Jason and Casey know DeWitt well. They’ve lived there for some time, and they hope the shop has a positive impact on the community. “We care about the community we live in,” she said. And they want to contribute to its hometown feel. The shop is open seasonally. When they’re not serving up scoops, they’re serving others at their “day jobs,” too. Both Jason and Casey are fitness experts. Casey works full-time at the YMCA in member services and Jason is a part-time instructor at Lansing Community College. When asked how ice cream and physical fitness can be part of a healthy lifestyle, Casey responded, “Everything in moderation.” Scoopy Doo’s opens in the spring and closes sometime in the fall, depending on the weather. When school is out, it operates on a full-time schedule, open seven days a week from 2 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. To signal when it’s open, the parlor has a huge stop sign on its roof. When it’s green, you know the parlor is open for business. Scoopy Doo’s can cater your next party, too.
Ann Cool, MPS, is a freelance writer who lives in Mason with her husband Bob.