Opening two weeks ago, Dippy Sippy ice cream parlor is the newest addition to The Elmwood Arts District at 290 Elmwood Avenue in Maplewood, NJ. Dippy Sippy proprietor Art Christensen is the owner of The Maplewood Emporium which houses Dippy Sippy, as well as the Maplewood Florist which celebrates its one year anniversary in the space this month.
Located on the corner of Elmwood and Boyden avenues, the shop will rotate 21 flavors of homemade ice cream at a time; flavors will change with the seasons. (With autumn just around the corner, it’s a safe bet that pumpkin ice cream will be in the rotation.)
The ice cream is provided from Dairylands on Chancellor Avenue in Irvington which has been making ice cream since the early 1900s. Many years ago, Dairylands owner Art Anastasia provided the ice cream at the Maplewood Pool. At 16%, his ice cream has the highest butterfat allowed by law, reports Christensen.
Dippy Sippy provides seating for up to 40 people. There is live entertainment six nights a week:
- Monday – Poetry Night
- Tuesday – Children’s Night
- Wednesday – Comedy Night
- Thursday – Jazz Night
- Friday – Karaoke
- Saturday – Garage Bands
Entertainers can sign up in person at the shop if they’d like to perform.
Christensen, who is also the owner of Les Saisons bed and breakfast on Elmwood Avenue in Maplewood, is a Maplewood native, attending Seth Boyden, Maplewood Junior High and Columbia High schools (graduating CHS with the Class of ’58.) Following two years in the Navy, he began to work in recovery and repossession and then started (and continues to work) his own business, Commercial Service Cooperation Collateral Recovery in Newark.
Christensen said he opened the Emporium and Dippy Sippy because guests at Les Saisons often asked about local places they could walk for food or entertainment. In addition, Christensen attended a meeting of the Borden Park Neighborhood Association where Robert Rose recently presented on the history of the Parker Avenue Sweet Shop, the Elmwood Sweet Shop and the Maplecrest Sweet Shop, reminding Christensen of his days in 1958 when he worked as a soda jerk at the Elmwood Sweetshop. Christensen realized that helping to revitalize the corner would be a great benefit to the neighborhood. He reports that, in the two weeks since Dippy Sippy opened, there has been a steady stream of foot traffic with people of all ages showing up for ice cream.
On this reporter’s first visit to Dippy Sippy, I couldn’t decide between chocolate chip or cookie dough so I wound up with a scoop of both. Since my husband and I were eating it there, I loved that it was served in a glass dish with a metal spoon. It reminded me of old time ice cream parlors from when I was a little girl. The ice cream was rich and creamy and my husband’s scoops of strawberry cheesecake were delicious as well. Next time I go back, I might have to splurge for the banana split!
With fall approaching, Christensen said that the shop is also considering adding soup, salads and hot dogs to the menu.