Mooney’s Ice Cream Parlor is bringing 36 flavors of ice cream to Plymouth
PLYMOUTH — For the love of ice cream and ice cream lovers there’s going to be a new location to get hand dipped cones in Plymouth. Mooney’s Ice Cream Parlor’s grand opening will be Aug. 8.
“There’s three principals that I plan to follow to maintain a successful business here,” said Jon Webster, co-owner of Mooney’s. “You have to give a good product, a good portion at a good price and maintain a clean inviting family friendly atmosphere. I am going to do all three and more.”
The product Webster is referring to is Hershey’s real ice cream. The ice cream cannot be bought at stores; it is only available through ice cream parlors and shops. Mooney’s will feature 36 flavors of hand dipped ice cream that can be filler for an ice cream cone, turned into a custom sundae or shake. Mooney’s will also be serving Snow Storms, ice cream with candy blended inside.
Mooney’s will also have fat-free soft serve vanilla yogurt, Miss Wendi’s Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies and made fresh bakery treats such as brownies, fudge and cookies that can be added to a sundae. As a signature item Webster is working out the details for a Plymouth Rock sundae that will have seven scoops.
Another unique item at Mooney’s is the Intelligentsia Coffee. The coffee is a favorite of Webster. It comes from Chicago, Ill. and will be available for patrons.
The good portion and price will be evident with each serving. Kids cones will be $1 all day every day. Mooney’s will also be working with organizations throughout the community to offer a portion of the price of a cone to be donated to various charities. At the time of this article the specifics were still being worked out.
“I want to do things to be a good community partner,” explained Webster. “If someone comes in and identifies they are with a particular organization I will donate 25 cents of each cone to that organization.”
That isn’t the only plan Mooney’s has for community partnerships though. Other ideas include a large candy jar where patrons can guess how many pieces of candy are in the jar for a quarter. At the end of the month, or other designated period, the proceeds will be donated to a local charity.
The fun family environment will be provided by the completely remodeled interior, comfortable seating inside and outside, a game room and a walk-up window. The interior will feature booths and tables while the outside will also have tables for seating. The inside has been completely remodeled with bright colors and a service bar for sundae toppings.
Also available inside will be a game room. The room will feature arcade style games for kids and kids at heart to enjoy. Webster is working on deciding what games to bring although pin ball is high on his priority list.
The walk up window will be ideal for patrons who are riding bikes or walking dogs. No need to come inside, the staff will scoop and deliver through a window on the rear of the building according to Webster. Soon the Greenway trail will be passing right beside Mooney’s making the walk-up window a good addition.
“I got the ice cream bug after working for Bonnie Doon (ice cream parlor) years ago,” said Webster. “While working there I saw parents bringing in their kids because their parents had brought them in. And grandparents bringing in their grandkids because they had fond memories from their own childhood. I want to bring that to Plymouth. I want to be a part of families making memories; I want to provide the place for families to make those memories for generations.”
Mooney’s will be open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Webster plans on adjusting the hours if necessary.
Webster included his son Josiah in the business as well giving him a 10 percent ownership. Webster maintains a 75 percent ownership (10 percent of that is Josiah’s) while Mike Mooney has the other 25 percent.
Jon Webster is opening Mooney’s with help from co-owner and friend of over 27 years, Mike Mooney. Mooney took Webster under his wing in the flooring business helping Webster become established in the industry. And now the two tease that Webster followed Mooney into the ice cream business as well.
Mooney’s Blue Moon opened in New Buffalo, Mich. in 2010 by Mike Mooney. This past April Mooney opened a second location in Three Oaks, Mich. and in less than two weeks the third location will open on E. Jefferson Street in Plymouth. Other locations in Marshall County have been discussed as well.
To keep up to date with Mooney’s progress find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MooneysIII. “Every one that likes our page will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win free ice cream for a year,” added Webster.
This story appeared in the July 30 edition of the Pilot News.