TC Spotlight | Let's all scream for ice cream!

(Photos by Paige Elliott) TC Spotlight is a weekly highlight of local businesses. Each week we explore a different theme and pick 4-6 businesses to spotlight.

Did you know July is National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday of July (July 20) is National Ice Cream Day? We here at the Daily Planet our doing our part to help you celebrate this sweet holiday by highlighting a few choice ice cream shops around the Twin Cities, as the first in a series of local business roundups. Get the scoop below:

Izzy's Ice Cream

1100 Second Street South, Minneapolis | 612-206-3356
Mon – Sun: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

2034 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul | 651-603-1458
Mon – Sun: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Izzy's Ice Cream in Minneapolis may look more like an office building or apartment complex on the outside, but don’t be fooled – a flavorful ice cream experience awaits inside.

(Izzy's in Minneapolis)

Featuring hand-crafted and artisanal flavors, Izzy’s has something for everyone with flavors ranging from Green Tea Oreo, Hot Brown Sugar, Church Elderberry, and Dinosaur Egg, to the usual Cookies N’ Cream, Strawberry, Chocolate, and a range of Soy and Sorbet options. Venture out and try a bold flavor with the Izzy Scoop, a smaller scoop of ice cream topped on all single and double scoop orders.

A cup of Cinnamon with an Izzy Scoop of Dinosaur Egg.


 

Grand Ole Creamery

750 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul | 651-293-1655
Sunday -Thursday: 11 a.m. -10 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. -11 p.m.

4737 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis | 612-722-2261
Monday – Thursday 12 p.m. -10 p.m.

Friday - Saturday 11a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday – 11a.m. - 10 p.m.

(Grand Ole Creamery in Minneapolis)

The lines may get long sometimes, but your taste buds will be rewarded for the wait at this Twin Cities ice cream favorite. Having established itself as a leader in ice cream business on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul, Grand Ole Creamery opened a store in Minneapolis on Cedar Avenue, replacing Dairy Queen. Celebrating 30 years in business, Grand Ole Creamery has topped numerous "Best Of" lists, offering a nostalgic ice cream parlor atmosphere and traditional flavors, plus a few intriguing ones like Cookie Monster and Mac Daddy.


 

Nelson’s Ice Cream

454 Snelling Avenue South, Saint Paul | 651-348-8990
Sun-Thurs: Noon-10:00 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.

This is the first summer of Nelson’s Ice Cream at its new Saint Paul location on Snelling, and the newly extended hours Friday - Saturday suggest the shop is finding its groove. Nelson’s Ice Cream began in Stillwater in 1923, and expanded to Saint Paul in May 2014, bringing with it its broad palette of over 40 tasty flavors, “monster scoops” and for the truly brave, the Lumberjack, consisting of five scoops of ice cream so gargantuan (softball-sized) that if you can finish it by yourself, you will earn a spot in the store's "Hall of Fame."

(Nelson's in Saint Paul)

Nelson’s only allows cash payment, but there is a cash machine in the store free of transaction fees. Also, in honor of Ice Cream Day, Nelson’s is offering a chance to win a $20 gift certificate this week by taking a photo of your Nelson’s ice cream cone with the hashtag #Nelsonspicoftheweek. Post your picture on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win.


 

Pumphouse Creamery

4754 Chicago Avenue S., Minneapolis | 612-825-2021
Summer hours: Every day from 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.

The Sea Salt Caramel Pecan and Rhubarb are top sellers at Pumphouse Creamery, but there are over 20 flavors to choose from and they rotate seasonally. Besides the flavors, Pumphouse is known for its natural and organic ingredients, homemade waffles cones, and use of local farmers to produce high quality ice cream that consumers can feel good about. There's non-dairy ice cream made with coconut milk and coconut palm sugar, sorbet with real fruit, and even an ice cream made for dogs with milk and peanut butter (with the proceeds going to rescue groups). Adding to the appeal of the shop is the small town-like feel of its 47th and Chicago Avenue location near Minnehaha Parkway.

 


 

Honorable mentions:

Franklin Freeze

2328 E Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis | 612-568-2630

Ok, Franklin Freeze isn't exactly an ice cream shop -- the store only has vanilla, chocolate and a twist of the two. But the unique two-in-one partnership of Pita King and Franklin Freeze together can mean a gyro and fries with ice cream for dessert. Pretty tempting.

 

Tom's Popcorn Shop

4708 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis | 612-721-8066

Have you ever had a malt sprinkled with buttered popcorn? It’s surprisingly good and it’s just one of the interesting finds at Tom’s Popcorn Place, a fixture on Cedar

Avenue in South Minneapolis since 1971. Tom's also offers a variety of ice cream flavors, sundaes, yogurt, and of course, popcorn popcorn, popcorn!

What is your favorite ice cream shop? Let us know in the comment section, along with your favorite flavors!

Updated 7/20/2014 9:01 p.m.


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(paigeelliott [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net) Paige Elliott was born and raised in south Minneapolis. She currently works as an Editoral Assistant with the Daily Planet, with emphasis on visual storytelling.