Tracy Sugarman’s Ice Cream Parlor

Sunday’s post about a new ice cream parlor in Saugatuck evoked moans of pleasure from everyone who remembers the old Ice Cream Parlor downtown.

Some “06880” readers stopped salivating long enough to request photos of any of its 3 locations.

None have popped up. But Laurie Sugarman-Whittier found a drawing her father — famed illustrator Tracy Sugarman — did of the interior. She thinks it’s from the mid-1950s, and ran in a magazine.

Ice Cream Parkor by Tracy Sugarman

Hit “Comments” to share your own Ice Cream Parlor recollections. Please include your full name. Your age is optional.

13 responses to “Tracy Sugarman’s Ice Cream Parlor

  1. Remember it well. The original Ice Cream Parlor. It was probably in LOOK Magazine as they did a few articles involving the Ice Cream Parlor as Gary Zimmermann, a LOOK editor was a Westport resident.

  2. Sally Campbell Palmer

    Yesterday while thinking about the Main St. Ice Cream Parlor I definitely remembered the heart shaped wire back chairs around marble tables and a small tile black and white floor. What a glorious place for a kid!!

  3. Ashton (Robin) Robinson

    I remember those chairs with the marble table tops in all 3 locations. The last location incorporated a discotheque downstairs beginning in about 1966.

  4. Bobbie Herman

    I moved to Westport in 1983, and the only ice cream parlors at that time were Friendly’s in Playhouse Square and Baskin-Robbins on the corner of Bay Street. Certainly not old-fashioned, and they’re both gone. Later, Haagen-Das and Ben & Jerry’s opened briefly. They’re both gone, too. I really would welcome an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, maybe with a fountain and little tables. It would be even better if they made their own.

  5. Richard Lawrence Stein

    I remember the tale end of “the ice cream parlor” on the post road across from the church. Penny candy and the old fashion motif…. The other ice cream place was under chez Pierre sort of? It was great but my understanding the co-owner embezzled from his partner and disappeared from the area… He was a well known house painter of the area I recall the name but don’t want to say it

  6. So many great memories at the ice cream parlor. First for the ice cream then for the fun when it was a meeting place on the 80’s.

  7. Chip Stephens

    OMG ! 1966 Sixth grade graduation ceremony Bedford Elementary School (aka now Town Hall) that evening after the square dancing and waltzing, there I was on first date with first heart throb Kimberly B sitting in those heart shaped chairs with parents across the room at the Ice Cream Parlor, life was good, simple and the Ice Cream was as sweet as the moment.

  8. Eric William Buchroeder SHS '70

    It was simple back then and my mother kept it that way. If I made the grades (at Greens Farms School), I got to go to the Ice Cream Parlor. No grades, no ice cream, simple as that. It’s probably why my memories of the place are so special (and rare) I used to fantasize about the Pig’s Trough and the fact that I absolutely KNEW could polish one off no sweat in under 3 hours. But I never got the chance to try. I could still do it, though. No sweat.

  9. Our parents always took us there after concerts and plays – and Mr. Sugarman was a great mentor and friend of course!

  10. I remember the heart-shaped chairs and penny candy–oh and those funny, fake lips made out of red wax.

  11. Jean Whitehead

    Mr. Robinson, I remember you….so long ago. My older sister Catherine went on to NYU and became an award-winning filmmaker, specializing in nature films for children. Tragically, she died in 1981. Thank you for remembering her, and that time. It’s a gift to have this column to read, and to reconnect briefly with our pasts. Hope you are well.
    Take good care, Jean