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La Michoacana Compi celebrates grand opening

Lansing welcomes homemade ice cream shop

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (September 8, 2019) – Dozens of people crowded into the pink and green ice cream parlor, while a DJ broadcast energetic music from the sidewalk outside. La Michoacana Compi had opened for business three weeks ago, but today’s Grand Opening party and ribbon-cutting gave people an opportunity to officially welcome the new business and sample its wares.

Just before 4:00pm, owner Rosa Gonzalez (right) and her son Ruben were ready for customers. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Gonsita is a specialty dessert at La Michoacana Compi. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
With flavors like Tequila, Nuez (nut), and a specialty called Gansito that involves chunks of cake stirred into vanilla ice cream, the shop has a definite Hispanic flair. But other common flavors are available as well—chocolate, chocolate abuelita, cajeta (caramel), cappuccino, and even plain vanilla. In addition to ice cream La Michoacana Compi sells nachos and other snacks, and a variety of flavored beverages.
Angel Gutierrez (left) ordered a healthy blueberry ice cream, while his brother John chose Reese’s. This was their first time at La Michoacana Compi. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Rafael Reyes opted for a classic banana split, though it’s difficult to see the bananas under all that ice cream. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
In fact, the Reyes family was represented by four generations at the Grand Opening. From left: Dehlia (sister), Rosa (mother), Veronica (wife), Esteban (son), Viviana (daughter), Travis (son-in-law), Rafael, and Baby Elena (granddaughter). (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Jose and Laura Estrada enjoyed a quiet moment in the corner with yogurt and fruit. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Nick “Big Daddy” Fionda from Lansing Fire Station 29 sampled the cheesecake ice cream. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Lynwood resident Tanya Perry admitted that she was at La Michoacana Compi last night for Butter Pecan ice cream, and that’s when she learned about today’s Grand Opening festivities. She returned today for another serving of Butter Pecan. She can tell the difference between homemade ice cream and store-bought and is glad to have a homemade option so close. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Dragon fruit is a favorite flavor of Monica Colmenares. She describes it as “tartier” than raspberry and very flavorful. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Members of the Lansing Fire Department served as Village officials and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony, after which Owners Rosa and Ruben Gonzalez cut cake into generous portions and served it to guests. Ruben also works at Calumet Bakery in Lansing, so his cake-making skills are equal to his ice cream-making skills.

A line quickly formed for the free face-painting that added to the festivities. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
La Michoacana Compi is located at 19283 Burnham Avenue, in Lansing, Illinois, just north of Glenwood-Lansing Road. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

For more information, visit La Michoacana Compi online:

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.