When to Expect Area Ice Cream Shops to Open This Year

Warmer days are coming, and these locally-owned ice cream shops will soon be open for the season.
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Whether we realize it or not, spring and summer are right around the corner. And what’s better than locally-scooped ice cream and other frozen treats on those sunny, warm days? These 14 metro Detroit favorites are preparing to open their doors come spring .

Bob Jo’s Frozen Custard

This frozen custard shop first opened in 1947, offering a variety of ice cream and custard throughout the warmer months. Enjoy flavors like chocolate, vanilla, toasted coconut, strawberry, and more in a cup or cone. Expect a line of excitement and remember your cash. Bob Jo’s is set to open mid-April. Bob Jo’s Frozen Custard, 4071 Quarry St., Wyandotte; facebook.com/BobJosFrozenCustard.

Burk’s Igloo

This small shop is the place to get your ice cream fix in Hamtramck. The menu includes classics like sundaes, smoothies, floats, and classic cones, with other exciting options like a turtle parfait, flavor burst cone, upside-down banana split, and more. Be sure to stop when you see the penguin and igloo cartoons on the shop’s sign because Burk’s opened for the season on March 29. Burk’s Igloo, 10300 Conant St., Hamtramck; facebook.com.

Erma’s Frozen Custard

Erma’s Frozen Custard has been creating sweet summer memories for over 75 years now. Beginning April 1, stop by Erma’s and delve into rotating flavors of ice creams in a cup or waffle cone, the Hawaiian delight parfait, watermelon slush, strawberry cheesecake explosion, and more. Erma’s offers over 20 toppings for shakes and sundaes as well. Erma’s Frozen Custard, 6451 Auburn Road, Shelby Township; and 2080 14 Mile Road, Warren; ermascustard.com

Dairy Mat

This Birmingham ice cream shop serves an extensive menu of soft-serve ice cream and frozen yogurt. Try the orange and vanilla twist in a cup or cone, butterscotch sundae, banana split, apricot-blended ice cream, and more, without spending more than $7. Dairy Mat will be opening for the season on March 18. Dairy Mat, 35032 Woodward Ave., Birmingham; facebook.com/dairymat.

Jim’s Frostie Treats

Soft serve ice cream, Arctic Frostie, Super Bowl, Shipwreck, Fruity Pebbles, and Strawberry Shortcake are a few menu options you’ll find at this classic Royal Oak ice cream shop. Although Jim’s Frostie Treats has been open since early March, its full summer hours begin in June. Jim’s Frostie Treats, 1528 E. Eleven Mile Road, Royal Oak; imsfrostietreats.com.

Bee Queen Dairy & Grill

Not only does Queen Bee Dairy serve exciting ice cream flurries, parfaits, milkshakes, and more, but it also offers an extensive food menu including fried chicken, burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Try the Mango Buzz, a creamy mango smoothie with honey, mixed fruits, housemade Queen syrup, and coconut flakes upon its opening in mid-April. Queen Bee Dairy & Grill, 14700 Nine Mile Road, Eastpointe; facebook.com/Bee.Queen.Icecream/.

Golden Cone

Golden Cone aims to capture the nostalgia of the old-fashioned ice cream parlor with its local Michigan-crafted ice cream, friendly customer service, and vintage atmosphere. This shop serves over 30 flavors of Guernsey Farms ice cream, as well as vegan ice cream and soft serve, ice cream sandwiches, shakes, malts, popsicles, and more. Golden Cone reopened on March 15. Golden Cone, 630 E. 12 Mile Road, Madison Heights; goldenconecustard.com.

MJ’s North End Ice Cream Parlor

MJ’s North End Ice Cream Parlor is serving up hand-packed ice cream and an assortment of other munchies like sundaes, banana splits, strawberry shortcakes, sandwiches, chili dogs, and more. Head to the North End on May 1 for orange sherbet , cookie dough, and black cherry ice creams alongside vegan lemon and raspberry sorbet for those who don’t want dairy. MJ’s North End Ice Cream Parlor, 8801 Oakland Ave., Detroit; mjsnorthendicecream.com.  

Tom’s House of Sundaes

Considering its namesake, Tom’s House of Sundaes in Dearborn Heights is a great stop for specialty sundaes and more. The vintage ice cream shop offers cones, shakes, sundaes, slushes, smoothies, and a variety of toppings like cherries, bananas, hot caramel, blueberries, and more. The shop is set to open in mid-April. Tom’s House of Sundaes, 21544 Van Born Road, Dearborn Heights; facebook.com.

Dairy O

This colorful ice cream shop in downtown Clawson is offering its classic menu of 24 ice cream flavors beginning April 5. If you want a bigger treat, choose from specialty sundaes, candy-flavored flurries, shakes, and glaciers, or get your ice cream scooped in a waffle cone with a  chocolate dip. Dairy O, 208 S. Main St., Clawson; facebook.com/ClawsonDairyO.

Leason’s Dairy Bar and Grille

This decades-old ice cream parlor offers dinner and dessert for the whole family beginning mid-April. Ice cream options include signature items like the Oreo Brownie Meltdown, the Gold Digger, or the Avalanche. If you come at the right time, you’ll find the seasonal Glacier made with Thin Mint, Samoa, or Tagalong Girl Scout cookies. Enjoy sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers, and salads, too. Leason’s Dairy Bar and Grille, 11475 E. 13 Mile Road, Warren; facebook.com/LeasonsIceCream.

Gilly’s Ice Cream

This neighborhood ice cream shop serves Brown Dog and Guernsey ice cream along with soft serve all year round. Their summer hours will return late April. The unique menu offers special ice cream flavors like Swiss chocolate almond, Faygo peaches & cream, and lemon lavender. Other classics include a mallo creme sundae, Nerds flurries, Vernors floats, and many more. Gilly’s Ice Cream, 1059 E. Long Lake Road, Troy; gillysicecream.com

Ray’s Ice Cream

Ray’s has been serving ice cream for generations now and was named Hour’s Best Ice cream Shop in 2022. Enjoy a variety of ice cream flavors like lemon, Lucky Leprechaun, and rum raisin, or hit the specialty desserts menu for ice cream molds and ice cream cakes. Ray’s is open year-round. Ray’s Ice Cream, 4233 Coolidge Hwy., Royal Oak; raysicecream.com.

Clark’s Ice Cream

This ice cream shop is a Berkley staple, serving specialty ice cream year-round. Clark’s unique flavors include Cow Tippin’, a vanilla base with caramel swirls and caramel-filled cups; Michigan Pothole, chocolate ice cream with a hard fudge swirl and chocolate fudge cups; Apple Crisp, cinnamon-apple ice cream with oatmeal crisp and brown sugar swirl, and plenty more. Add coconut, gummy bears, pecans, and other toppings to any scoop. Clark’s Ice Cream, 3312 12 Mile Road, Berkley; clarksicecreammi.com.

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