Gov. Rick Snyder visits Jones Home Made Ice Cream

BALDWIN — Employees at Jones Home Made Ice Cream are used to serving treats to others, however, they were given a treat of their own last week.

On April 10, Gov. Rick Snyder stopped by the iconic Lake County business in Baldwin. The visit was closed to the media, but employees and a handful of customers got to meet the governor and his entourage, which included state Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo. The group stayed and enjoyed their ice cream for about 45 minutes, said Jones manager Donna Featherstone.

The ice cream shop was first made aware of the governor’s visit a few days in advance, Featherstone said. On the day of his visit, Michigan State Police troopers entered the building first and to assess the building and then the governor was ushered in through the backdoor.

Although she isn’t certain, Featherstone believes Snyder ordered a sundae.

“He said he really liked our ice cream,” she said. “We definitely got the governors approval.”

Snyder had come from Big Rapids from an earlier tour of Ferris State University. He visited the university’s welding and information security and intelligence programs, two specialized fields he’s prioritizing as he sets the state’s budget.

Before leaving Baldwin, members of the governor’s group purchased souvenirs from Jones Home Made Ice Cream, Featherstone said.

Although she had a prior engagement and could not be at the shop during the governor’s visit, Terri Jamieson, owner of Jones Home Made Ice Cream, said she was happy Snyder got to visit a historic small business and experience northern Michigan homemade ice cream.