VACAVILLE — The line at Fenton’s Creamery wound around the shop and out the door Sunday as people headed for a discounted cup of ice cream.
Celebrating its 120th anniversary in conjunction with National Ice Cream Day, the company hosted an ice cream social at its two locations in Oakland and Vacaville. At the Nut Tree Plaza, patrons waited patiently for a Black and Tan Junior, a cup of almond and vanilla ice cream layered with caramel and chocolate fudge topped with toasted almonds, whipped cream and a cherry.
“(It’s been) very busy . . . ,” said manager Jim Vasquez, who has been working at the Vacaville shop for seven years. “We have a good staff handling it well.”
Fenton’s Creamery takes pride in its fresh ingredients and handmade recipes, and uses milk that comes from California cows.
“(Our) slogan is ‘from the cow to the cone in five days,’ ” said Vasquez.
The discounted Black and Tan Juniors were worth the wait for Don Whitacre and his family, who were hanging outside of Fenton’s with their reward.
“It’s good,” said the Vacaville resident. “It’s fun for the family outing, kind of a reward for the kids’ good behavior. It’s a cool thing to do on a Sunday afternoon.”
E.S. Fenton founded the creamery in 1894 at 41st and Howe streets in Oakland, where it remained for 67 years. The creamery became “the pride of the Fenton family’s dairy operation,” but would change hands and move to Piedmont Avenue before landing with Oakland native Scott Whidden in 1987, according to the company’s website.
Fenton’s opened its second location in Vacaville in May 2007 for a simple reason.
“The Nut Tree represents nostalgic times much like Fenton’s Creamery,” the website said.
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