Historic Stillwater Ice Cream Shop Expands To St. Paul
Nelson’s Ice Cream, renowned for its epic serving sizes, announced Wednesday that it’s expanding to St. Paul with a new ice cream shop.
Founded in 1923, Nelson’s new St. Paul location will mark the first time the company has expanded outside its original location in Stillwater. The new store will open May 17th on 454 Snelling Avenue South.
The announcement coincides with the eight-year anniversary of Dave Najarian and Bill Bergstrom purchasing Nelson’s from Bob Pasket and Chuck Kummeth in order to save the shop from closing down.
“We have had the pleasure of ensuring that the historic ice cream store remained operating in Stillwater, the birthplace of Minnesota,” co-owner and manager Najarian said in a statement. “We are excited to expand to St. Paul so more people can enjoy the variety, quality, and value of our ice cream that we have consistently provided for more than 90 years.”
The St. Paul shop will be owned and managed by Najarian’s son Daved Najarian. The new store will feature an outdoor patio similar to the Stillwater location, along with indoor seating and convenient parking.
Nelson’s said the new shop will offer more than 40 ice cream flavors, the same as the Stillwater location, which the owners claim is the most in-store offerings of any hand-scoop ice cream shop in the five-state area.
Nelson’s was also recently ranked one of the “Top 25 World’s Best Ice Cream Parlors: Reader’s Pick” by food and travel guide The Daily Meal.