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New Cottage Grove ice cream parlor serves up nostalgia in a waffle cone

Old Tyme Fudge & Ice Cream employee Jo Ellen Joa and Bridgeman's executive Pat Janisch cut samples of fudge Tuesday during the stores grand opening. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)1 / 4
Old Tyme Fudge & Ice Cream owner Fred Luden Jr., cuts the ribbon Tuesday alongside Cottage Grove Chamber member Sherry Wilwert (left), Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey and Washington County Commissioner Autumn Lehrke. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)2 / 4
Old Tyme Fudge & Ice Cream employee Natalie Burkheiser, 16, of Cottage Grove, scoops ice cream for a customer during the grand opening celebration Tuesday. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)3 / 4
Nearly a dozen flavors of homemade fudge were on hand for sampling Tuesday during the grand opening celebration of Old Tyme Fudge & Ice Cream. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)4 / 4

A long-time item was crossed off the Luden family bucket list Tuesday following the grand opening of Old Tyme Fudge & Ice Cream, a place owners, father and son pair Fred Luden Jr., and Fred Luden Sr., said will bring a little nostalgia and old fashioned treats back to Cottage Grove.

“We want this to be a way for younger folks to make some great memories, and it’s a way for my generations to reconnect with the past,” the elder Luden said.

The 1,800-square-foot suite, formerly a Blink Bonnie sub shop, had most of the equipment and electrical hook-ups needed to run an ice cream parlor. New paint, minor repairs and a sign change afforded the family the ability to turn the shop over quickly.

Skilled fudge makers, and a few family members, are stationed in the back and craft a variety of specialty and classic flavors from chocolate and cookies ‘n’ cream to raspberry chocolate swirl and rocky road.

“You have to make sure you let it cool,” Luden Sr., said, adding that making sure the fudge sets correctly acts as a good deterrent for overindulging.

With a sweet tooth for Bridgeman’s ice cream, the Ludens partnered with the well-known Minnesota company to offer a variety of classic hard-scoop flavors as well.

“It’s really the perfect partnership,” said Pat Janisch, executive with Bridgeman’s, who helped cut fudge during the grand opening. “We’re a local business too and (the partnership) allows them to do what they want with a little help from us.”

Cutting samples of 12 different blocks of fudge Tuesday, employee Jo Ellen Joa, of Cottage Grove, said she is happy to see a business like this come back to her neighborhood.

“This is such an awesome place and a sweet job, literally,” she said. “This is going to be a great place for families and kids to hang out at. I’m really excited to have something like this here.”

One teen who plans to spend a lot of time at the ice cream shop this summer is 16-year-old Natalie Burkheiser, who is embarking on her first job.

“I wanted my first job to be something different and I liked that working here would be different,” she said. “It’s nostalgic and provides a good atmosphere. I think it will be a lot of fun.”

Customers can also purchase made-to-order shakes, malts and sundaes, as well as take home quarts or pints of hand-packed ice cream.

“We’re happy to finally be open,” Luden Jr., said.

Old Tyme Fudge & Ice Cream is located at 8800 East Point Douglas Road, Suite 800.

Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m seven days a week.

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