It’s only been open for a few years, but in our estimation, Scoops deserves to be around for a long, long time. This place does everything right.
The downtown Alpena ice cream parlor sits on the corner of bustling Second Avenue in an attractive redbrick building. When the weather’s nice, you can enjoy your treats at an outdoor table. The shop showcases a beautiful pressed tin ceiling and brick walls. Seating is available at a bar along the front window; there are also a few indoor tables, including a cute pint-sized option with four colorful chairs for little guests. Gift items like Alpena tee-shirts, Shipwreck Soda from Alpena’s Stoney Acres Winery, and Scoops caramel corn stock one wall.
Let’s talk ice cream. Scoops serves oh-so-tasty Michigan-made products straight from Traverse City and Ludington. The two most popular hand-scooped flavors are Superman, a kid-friendly red, yellow, blue variation, and Pirate’s Booty, caramel ice cream studded with M&Ms and bits of Oreo cookies. You can order a dish, wafer cone, sugar cone or waffle cone (made fresh in the store daily) for prices starting at around $2. Not a hand-scooped ice cream fan? Don't worry. There’s soft-serve on the menu, too, plus sundaes, malts and a variety of banana split-style offerings like the Tugboat—vanilla soft serve topped with hot caramel, homemade toffee caramel corn, whipped cream and a cherry. Scoops thoughtfully keeps wet wipes on hand to eliminate sticky fingers when you're done.