Just as dessert is worth waiting for — so was this photo.
Since Sunday, “06880” has announced the opening of a new ice cream parlor in Saugatuck. Posted a Tracy Sugarman drawing of teenagers in the old Ice Cream Parlor. And added a menu, from the Westport Historical Society archives.
We searched all week for a photo of the iconic hangout.
Finally, we found one.
This was the Ice Cream Parlor’s 3rd location, next to Colonial Green and across from the now-closed Getty station.
Nelson Morgan — a Staples Class of 1953 graduate, who calls himself a “Westport expatriate now living in Milford” — sent it along.
He said it’s from “the late 1950s or early ’60s.” I think it’s later. In the late ’50s and early ’60s, the Ice Cream Parlor was located first on Main Street (next to what is now Tavern on Main), then in Compo Shopping Center (the current site of Cohen’s eyewear store).
More telling is the sign above the door on the left. It read “The Rage Boutique/Clothiers.”
The shop selling “groovy” clothes was located underneath the Ice Cream Parlor. “Boutiques” were not “the rage” until the mid-’60s.
Penny candy and syrupy drinks in wax bottles upstairs. Fringe vests and go-go boots downstairs.
Was that a great place or what?