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Here’s the scoop on Journal Java Chip ice cream

It’s a delicious way to support two local businesses

LANSING, Ill. (May 16, 2023) – Early reviews of The Lansing Journal’s namesake ice cream flavor at Gayety’s Chocolates & Ice Cream are enthusiastic. Journal Java Chip is a hit.

Journal Java Chip
Journal Java Chip is one of Gayety’s old-fashioned, hand-crafted ice creams made on site. (Photo: Dan Bovino)

Not only is the old-fashioned, hand-crafted, made-on-site ice cream delicious, buying a scoop or two is a straightforward investment in two local businesses — Gayety’s and The Lansing Journal.

Gayety’s owner Laurene Lemanski is sharing the proceeds from all Journal Java Chip sales with The Lansing Journal.

Any time, any purchase

This promotional partnership is not limited to a specific date or a certain day of the week. Any time, any day, any purchase of Journal Java Chip ice cream will benefit The Lansing Journal.

One scoop, two scoops, in a dish, cone, or waffle cone — all that Journal Java Chip ice cream helps The Lansing Journal. Eat it in a booth at Gayety’s, on the Gayety’s back patio, at the tables along Ridge Road — or get a couple quarts to go. As long as it’s Journal Java Chip, it supports The Lansing Journal.

Journal Java Chip
The Lansing Journal’s Melanie Jongsma (left) and Josh Bootsma enjoy a dish and a waffle cone filled with Journal Java Chip. (Photo: Dan and Sue Bovino)

In the heart of downtown

Gayety’s location at 3306 Ridge Road in Lansing, Illinois, makes it a convenient destination on summer evenings, but also a quick complement to popular Lansing activities. Cruise Nights (June 10, July 8, August 5), Wednesday night concerts at Fox Pointe, weekend fests and Autumn Fest (September 29–30) — all of these family-friendly activities bring community members right past Gayety’s, and all would be enhanced with a couple scoops of ice cream.

Journal Java Chip
“Well, you know us and our love of The Journal,” wrote Dave Schurman, “so how could we not try your flavor of ice cream on a beautiful Thursday evening? Janice and I took our two dogs Sage and Trooper, along with our foster dog Tino, for a walk to Gayety’s just to try out the Journal Java Chip (which is quite good).” (Photo: Dave Schurman)

For kids and other ice cream lovers who may not prefer coffee flavor, Gayety’s offers Blue Moon (a favorite of the younger set), cherry chocolate chip, mint chocolate chip, pistachio, black walnut, banana, other specialty flavors, and of course chocolate and vanilla. Any purchase benefits Gayety’s, a beloved local business, and any purchase of Journal Java Chip benefits The Lansing Journal as well.

At 3306 Ridge Road, in the heart of downtown Lansing, Gayety’s is a great place to enjoy a summer treat with family and friends. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Gayety’s Chocolates & Ice Cream:

Outdoor seating is available in both the front and back of the shop.


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.