Jones' Homemade Ice Cream celebrates 80 years of scoops in Baldwin

Owner: 'Being around for 80 years is something not every business achieves'

Jones' Homemade Ice Cream in downtown Baldwin celebrate its 80th anniversary Sunday, Aug. 14. The mural on the side of the building was recently repainted.

Jones' Homemade Ice Cream in downtown Baldwin celebrate its 80th anniversary Sunday, Aug. 14. The mural on the side of the building was recently repainted.

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BALDWIN — As one of the longest-running businesses in Lake County, owners, staff, community and visitors helped celebrate 80 years at Jones' Homemade Ice Cream in downtown Baldwin on Sunday, Aug. 14. 

To help honor the occasion, Sen. Curt Vanderwall (R-Ludington) and Rep. Scott VanSingel (R-Grant) presented to mother-and-daughter co-owners Joy Kolonich and Angela Johnson with a plaque commemorating 80 years of success. 

Bright balloons and streamers decorated the ice cream parlor while lines of customers brought their favorite cold treats or their choice of free one-scoop vanilla, chocolate or blue moon ice cream to celebrate the milestone anniversary. 

"It is amazing and definitely awesome," Johnson said. "Being around for 80 years is something not every business achieves. We are proud to be fourth-owners." 

The success of the establishment dates back to its namesake and founder Marcus T. Jones. 

Marcus T. Jones, founder of Jones' Homemade Ice Cream, in 1970. 

Marcus T. Jones, founder of Jones' Homemade Ice Cream, in 1970. 

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"Jonesy" purchased a business from Chester Davis on Michigan Avenue, and soon gained a reputation for exceptional ice cream. 

"He manufactured and sold of such high quality that he and his ice cream were known all over the state, as well as, many places far beyond the boundaries of Michigan," stated Jones' obituary in the Dec. 17, 1970, issue of the Lake County Star. 

The obituary also state that after he sold the business earlier in 1970 and retired to Sandusky, Ohio, he returned to be the grand marshal in that summer's Troutarama parade. Many places of business in Baldwin closed during his funeral to show respect. 

What Marcus T. Jones started is still going strong eight decades later — a solid reputation built long ago still enjoying great success, a place of fond memories through the generations and a must-go for visitors near and far.