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Journal Java Journeys: The Zaragoza sisters


A new twist on our long-running feature, Lansing Journal Journeys

LANSING, Ill. (May 9, 2023) – The Zaragoza family happened to be enjoying ice cream on the back patio at Gayety’s Chocolates & Ice Cream (3306 Ridge Road) at the same time Journal Publisher Melanie Jongsma was there. Young Silvia Zaragoza, one of three sisters, noticed Jongsma’s resemblance to the poster in the window. The girls struck up a conversation about ice cream and coffee, which naturally led to a photo in front of the Gayety’s window and underneath the Journal Java Chip poster.

Java Journeys
From left: Silvia, Alondra, and Ximena Zaragoza are three Lansing sisters who love ice cream, especially Gayety’s. They have not yet tried Journal Java Chip ice cream, but they did enjoy posing in front of the Journal Java Chip poster. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Persuaded by Jongsma’s claim that Journal Java Chip is the best ice cream on the Gayety’s menu, the girls’ mom, Brenda, agreed to give it a try during a future visit, though she is partial to Gayety’s homemade chocolate ice cream.

About our new feature, Journal Java Journeys

Lansing Journal Journeys

As a community newspaper, The Lansing Journal looks for creative ways to invite the community into our pages. One of our longest-running series is Lansing Journal Journeys, an award-winning feature that showcases people displaying The Lansing Journal in creative locations.

Journal Java Journeys is an offshoot of Journal Journeys that celebrates The Lansing Journal’s creative partnership with Gayety’s.

Send us your Journal Java Journeys photos

To participate, you don’t have to travel, and you don’t have to remember to take a copy of The Lansing Journal with you. Just go to Gayety’s and take your photo in front of one of the three Journal Java Chip posters there. OR, take a photo with your order of Journal Java Chip — in a dish or a cone. Bonus points if you get the ice cream and the poster in the same photo!

Email your photos to [email protected] and tell us:

  1. The names of any people in the photo
  2. The name of the person who took the photo

We publish these community photos online as soon as possible. Make sure you are subscribed, so you see your photos when we post them!

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.