Fosselman’s Ice Cream Co. remodels

John, left, and Chris Fosselman, grandsons of Fosselman’s Ice Cream Co. founder, own and run the store.

It has been 40 years since Alhambra’s most popular ice cream store, Fosselman’s, had a remodel. It was time, and the results are clean, bright, and welcoming. The remodel included new floors, beadboard paneling on the walls, fresh paint, and new upholstery in the booths. Every formica surface was replaced with granite. There is new lighting in the ceiling. All this was done in four days by the J & J Building Company of Azusa.

The historical pictures have been removed for reframing. Judicious use will be employed in deciding which ones to return to the walls. The idea of the update was to give the store a clean and simple 1940ish look and feel. The reframed pictures will continue the nostalgic look of the century-old business.

The Fosselman family has made ice cream since 1919, a fact they will celebrate in 2019 during their year-long centennial celebration. The founder, Christian Fosselman, opened his first ice cream store in Waverly, Iowa, before moving to California. He then opened stores in Pasadena, South Pasadena, Highland Park, and Glendale.

The Alhambra store, 1824 W. Main St., has been in business since 1941 and is quite possibly the oldest continuous business in town. It is also the last of the Fosselman stores. The grandsons of the founder Chris and John Fosselman now own and run the store. It is a true family business.

Fosselman’s Centennial celebration will begin Jan. 1. There will be special events all year long. Check the store’s social media sites for details, or read about the specials in Around Alhambra.


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Apr 2019


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