Ice cream isn't just for summer! The good news is, if they haven't already, most of our favorite shops are about to open up again.

Sometimes you just need a little ice cream to celebrate something, or just to make a bad day go away.  Maybe you just need a little something to help you make it through the day.

If you are an ice cream lover, there are tons of places here in Western New York that offer unique treats that you can only find at that shop.  Some serve their own handmade ice cream, others serve the brand that you love (because we all know that the brand makes a huge difference).

People take their ice cream seriously.  They always want it done a specific way. If you don't believe me, just stand at a window for a couple of minutes and hear how they order.  They'll know what kind of ice cream they want, how many scoops of it, in a dish or a cone, with sprinkles, covered in fudge, and how many cherries they want on top.

People who know ice cream, don't mess around with their ice cream.

The good news is there are a ton of places that stay open year-round in Western New York. However, it's almost like a rite of spring when your favorite shop opens up.  It's a tradition that some people have to get a cone on an opening day.

Plus...we love to support these small businesses.

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