by Terry Rogers
The Santa House in downtown Milford will be the location for the North Pole Creamery over the next few months. David Pickrell and his daughter, Amanda, hope to increase foot traffic in the downtown area and felt the Santa House was the perfect location for an ice cream shop since it is not used during the summer months.
“As a city, we need more downtown merchants, including restaurants and the location of the Santa House is an absolute gem as well as an overlooked opportunity for many years,” Pickrell said. “The King’s Ice Cream company leased the space for the past two years but chose not to continue in 2020. I could not help but to continue an ice cream business here in downtown.”
Pickrell and his wife, Marcia Reed, own and operate Gallery 37 on South Walnut Street as well as the adjoining commercial building with rental spaces. They have been active supporters of downtown Milford as well as members of Downtown Milford Inc.
“I’m so excited for the creamery to open,” Trish Gerken, Executive Director of DMI, said. “There is nothing better than being able to walk downtown and enjoy a cold, sweet treat.”
DMI owns and operates the Santa House, bringing Santa and his helpers to downtown Milford on the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year. Pickrell is operating the North Pole Creamery as a for-profit business, leasing the house from DMI and agreeing to donate a portion of the proceeds to DMI in order to fund their various committees and downtown activities.
“We will be serving 10 flavors of hand dipped ice cream in small and large cups, baby and regular size cones,” Pickrell said. “My daughter, Amanda, will be managing the day-to-day activities and we have hired six local young people to help run the shop.”
The North Pole Creamery will be open seven days a week from 12 to 9 PM weekdays as well as Sundays and from 9 AM to 9 PM on Saturdays. The shop will be open during the Riverwalk Farmer’s Market.