One of my favorite ice cream shops in town is Jersey Junction. It's located in East Grand Rapids, in the center of Gaslight Village. It was opened in 1963 by Doris VanAllsburg. This place has so much history behind it. I love it. Even the name. The word "Jersey" came from Doris' father, who told her that Jersey cows produced the best milk and therefore the best ice cream. The word "Junction" means a place where roads come together. So, Jersey Junction means a place for everyone to come together and enjoy the best ice cream in town. Neat, right?
Last spring, when I was coming up with some history for my post on Reeds Lake, I learned about Ramona Park, which was a popular amusement park in the late 1800's to early 1950's. Inside the ice cream parlor, they have many old photos of the park. Another bit of history on this place is that Doris was the mother of Chris VanAllsburg, who wrote and illustrated the Polar Express! I learned all about Jersey Junction on their website, so be sure to check it out and pay a visit if you're in town!
I'm still dressing as simply as ever. It has been the hottest summer I can remember in Michigan. We have apparently set a record for most 90-degree days in a row. Plus on this particular day, it was crazy muggy and overcast. I've been having such a hard time keeping my hair straight even! Oh well, nothing some delicious ice cream and a cute dress won't fix, right?