In 1912, Door County merchant pioneer, Al Mickelson, built a special place for Sister Bay residents and visitors to purchase food and enjoy ice cream treats. The store became known as a source of local information in addition to excellent food and service. Today, the tradition lives on in the Door County Ice Cream Factory and Sandwich Shoppe.
Al Mickelson’s General Store remained in operation under different ownership and different names (Strahls, Rhodes, and The Beach Road Market among others) when it finally closed its doors in 1988. After remaining vacant for 4 years, John Blossom, Jr. and his son John Blossom III purchased the building just up the road from the family summer cottage with dreams of turning it back into a destination for residents and visitors alike. It was on this premise that the Door County Ice Cream Factory and Sandwich Shoppe was born. John Blossom III, or Jay as he is more commonly known, would make all the ice cream in an old Emery Thompson batch freezer. After a few years of ice cream production and serving homemade sandwiches, Jay decided to add pizza to the menu. In 1999, Jay decided to sell the business to a then employee at the Ice Cream Factory (Hint, its me).