located at 216 Cambridge St., is a one-stop destination for those who love ice cream, yogurt, soups and sandwiches.
Rob and Betty Stanley have owned and run Schoolhouse Ice Cream & Yogurt for seven years. Their customers keep coming back for more of their homemade ice cream and delicious soups and sandwiches. They have a special at Schoolhouse- complimentary ice cream with any lunch combo of soup and sandwich. It’s homemade “premium” ice cream using the best ingredients. Schoolhouse offers a variety of 40 flavors of ice cream in the summer and 25 in the winter months. Along with specialty soups and sandwiches, ice cream cakes are available in vanilla and chocolate every day. An ice cream cake can be made to order with an advance notice of five days. A homemade ice cream cake is a rare find, states Stanley.
A fun event offered at Schoolhouse is the — Make Your Own Sundae Party. Kids or adults can be creative making their own sundae and satisfying their taste buds at the same time. The kids love it and it’s a great idea for a birthday party. On one wall at Schoolhouse is a long low chalkboard for the kids to draw or write on. This chalkboard also comes in handy to keep the children occupied while Mom and Dad are having their lunch or dinner.
Chalkboards are used throughout the Schoolhouse decor. They display the menu; trivia sports facts and a calendar of Red Sox events. “I just finished painting,” explains Rob, and it shows. The place is clean, sharp and has a nostalgic schoolhouse design.
The Stanleys opened Schoolhouse Ice Cream and Yogurt in September of 2003. It wasn’t always easy, says Rob, but through hard work and offering a wholesome product they have continued to make their customers happy. Before opening his own business, Rob was in construction and was ready to make a change. His mom gave him the idea of opening an ice cream shop. She owns the original Schoolhouse in Harwich port, which is voted the best ice cream on the lower Cape by Cape Cod magazine. This is a seasonal business also offering homemade ice cream. Rob found the place on Cambridge St going out of business and decided to make it Schoolhouse in Burlington. The timing was good. When he found the store, it badly needed work. His construction experience came in handy as he did 75% of the renovation himself.
The winter hours are Monday noon to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.. In the summer, hours are extended to 10:30 pm. The summer gets very busy, says Stanley.
Cruise Night is a special event starting in May and held on Sunday afternoons. People will be showing off their hot rods in the parking lot while Schoolhouse offers a barbeque with Soda, Hamburgers, hot dogs and chips. Rob has a love for cars and you can see a photo of his old GTO hung on the wall behind the ice cream case.
Good news has spread and Schoolhouse has many regulars that frequent their place for lunch, dinner or ice cream. Stanley likes making people happy by giving them a wholesome and delicious lunch and dessert. His customers make him happy when he hears remarks like “this ice cream is out of this world!”
Along with the regular customers are those visiting patients at the hospital. They stop in Schoolhouse to buy frappes or ice cream for them. It’s a food that goes down easy and provides calories for energy.
For more information, visit their Web site at www.schoolhouseicecream.com