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Lego Mural In Assembly Row

Friday, September 2, 2022

With Legoland Discovery Center right across the street from our Assembly Row location, which had a giant blank wall just screaming for artwork, a partnership made perfect sense! So our teams connected and we hung this mosaic piece by Megan Amaral on our wall back in 2020. Megan Amaral won the Brick Factor competition to become a Master Model Builder at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston in 2015. She has an Architecture Degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology and is particularly good at building animals and structures. She is currently the only female Master Model Builder at LEGOLAND Discovery [...] read more

Israeli Restaurant Week, 2022

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Jewish Arts Collaborative hosted their third annual Israel Restaurant Week during the last week of January and we brought back our Olive Oil Ice Cream to celebrate! We were challeneged to use an ingredient from IsraeliBox . The box was packed with olives, olive oil, honey, and spices from Ethiopia and Yemen. We chose to make our Olive Oil Ice Cream  made with the Ptora Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the box, made with olives grown and pressed in Israel. We were one of over a dozen area restaurants participating this year. [...] read more

For Pete's Sake with Saloon in Davis Square

Monday, June 13, 2022

As you know, early in 2022, the J.P. Licks family lost a cherished friend and colleague, Pete Deacon, head of the Catering & Bakery department. Pete liked staying hydrated with his favorite flavor Kool-aid, Sharkleberry Fin. We created a new sorbet flavor with it to honor and remember him and we hope you enjoy this flavor - a tropical twist of strawberry, banana, and orange - as much as he did. The artwork for this new flavor was created by J.P. Licks employee, Mason Osorio, who worked for many years with Pete and continues to [...] read more

Liz Hauck Visits J.P. Licks

Friday, September 24, 2021

On September 21, 2021, local author Liz Hauck joined us in our JP Headquarters for a book reading and discussion of her new memoir, "Home Made: A Story of Grief, Groceries, Showing Up - and What We Make When We Make Dinner." Liz grew up in Roslindale, frequenting J.P. Licks in JP with friends after school and after her various volunteer experiences. In her new book, she shares stories about food and community with teenaged boy in state care living in a group home in JP. She volunteered there for three years following the death of her dad, Charlie [...] read more

Celebrating National Book Lovers Day

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

August 9th is National Book Lovers Day and we decided to team up with our Assembly Row neighbors, All She Wrote Books . we're celebrating with our Somerville neighbor, All She Wrote Books . All She Wrote Books, founded by Christina Pascucci Ciampa, opened in Assembly Row just over a year ago. We thrilled at the edition to a bookstore in the Row - we picture people picking up a new book to read and then sitting down in any of the copious outdoor seating made available by the folks at the Row with their [...] read more

Johnny Cupcakes and J.P. Licks Partnership

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Back in 2020, we began a collaboration with our Newbury Street neighbors, Johnny Cupcakes . Johnny Earle, founder of Johnny Cupcakes, and Vincent Petryk, founder of J.P. Licks, sat down to talk unique flavors and t-shirt designs. We were all set to go come early Spring, 2020. Obviously, things were put on hold for a while. It took several tries to get just the right level of smokiness in our new Applewood Smoked Vanilla ice cream last year but we had the recipe and kept it tucked in our big recipe book. Once we knew we could launch [...] read more

Mayor Janey Visits J.P. Licks

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

On Saturday, 4/24 Mayor Kim Janey did a walking tour of JP in support of the small businesses who have been working hard to keep our doors open through the pandemic. It included stops at our neighbors City Feed, Nckls & Dimes, and of course, a sit down with founder & owner Vincent Petryk over some Brownie Brownie Batter Ice Cream! We had a great time meeting Mayor Janey, her staff, and tons of neighbors! Check out some photos from the day! [...] read more

J.P. Licks and the Boston Marathon

Monday, May 10, 2021

It has been two Marathon Mondays since we have seen a sea of runners go past our stores. We have seriously missed the energy this day brings to our "race adjacent" stores. Both the runners themselves but all of the people who come out to cheer them on. Both strangers and friends alike stand on the sidewalks and cheer and we revel in the energy you brint to our "race adjacent" stores - Wellesley, Coolidge Corner, Newbury Street, Boylston Street, Charles Street - we love being so close to the route that we can hear the cheers, see the [...] read more

2021 Sock Drive Was a Huge Success!

Monday, March 22, 2021

Our 2021 Sock Drive was a huge success! We collected 826 pairs of new socks and brought them over to Rosie's Place in Boston mid-March. That's more than double the number we collected in 2020! Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year's drive! We are already hatching plans to collect over 1,000 in 2022 and we know with this community, we can do it!. [...] read more

Squirrel Nut Zipple and the 2020 JP Music Festival

Friday, September 18, 2020

The JP Music Fest has been postponed this year but we couldn't let a year go by without serving the official ice cream flavor of the festival, Squirrel Nut Zipple! A peanut butter ice cream with roasted, salted peanuts, with a caramel ripple. It's a symphony for the tastebuds! Come in to enjoy it now or wait until Fall 2021 - when the JP Music Fest will be back. We hope everyone is still finding ways to enjoy live music and the arts during the pandemic - whether it be via socially distant concerts outdoors or tuning into the [...] read more

J.P. Licks & Author Janae Marks

Monday, August 31, 2020

Janae Marks wrote the book “From the Desk of Zoe Washington”, set in Medford, Somerville, and Cambridge, MA. One of the places Zoe and her friends and family visit is the J.P. Licks in Davis Square and we just had to sit down and chat with her about how she came to set some of her story at J.P. Licks! 1. How did you decide where to set Zoe’s story? Did you grow up or go to school near Davis Square? I went to college at Tufts University, so I lived on campus down the [...] read more

Scooping it Forward

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Last month we started making deliveries to firehouses in our different neighborhoods. So far, we've visited 15 around town and we have noticed a bit of a pattern. Each time we ring the bell with our big freezer bag packed with a tub of ice cream, spoons, cups, napkins, and 3 different types of toppings, the door is answered by a firefighter with a slightly guarded, concerned look on their face. "Can we help you?" And then we start to explain who we are and why we're there. "Hi, our customers supported the campaign to bring you ice cream [...] read more

Meet Mr. Buttons From Lifting Spirits

Friday, April 24, 2020

We love when humans bring their dogs by the store to visit us. While only service dogs can come inside, we can see your puppers outside, knowing a treat awaits them when their people come back out, or when you share photos and video on social media of your doggos enjoying their cow paw ice cream. Last week, we had a horse of a different color visit us in our Andover store. A literal horse! Well, a miniature pony, to be exact. Lifting Spirits Miniature Therapy Horses is one of our neighbors north of the city. They currently work [...] read more

What's Inside That Store?

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Have you ever looked up in our Jamaica Plain store and noticed a flying elf or taken a photo with our ceramic cow? Or sat in the teacup that sits in the middle of our Mission Hill location? Where in the world does Vince FIND these things when he's creating the interiors of the stores? Once upon a time, there was an amusement park in Whitman, MA called King's Castle Land. Founded in 1946, it had a nursery rhyme theme with a drawbridge entrance, an oversized shoe, and 14 rides. But in 1994, the owners decided to retire and [...] read more

Apprentice Learning and J.P. Licks

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

J.P. Licks loves finding ways to deepen our connection with our communities. Recently, we started working with Apprentice Learning, an organization connected to Boston Public Schools to improve Boston high school graduation rates and make the transition from middle school to high school a bit smoother. An eighth grader from a middle school near our Jamaica Plain headquarters has joined us for a 6 week internship this fall, coming in 2 hours once a week. She is half way through the program and even with only 6 hours under her belt, she has already learned what it takes to [...] read more