Sisteres Lori Whitmyer and Karen Smoots are opening Lakeside Parlor at the Diamond Lake Golf Course Clubhouse Saturday.

Lakeside Parlor has the scoop

Published 8:18pm Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Lakeside Parlor in Cassopolis is set to open its doors at noon Saturday.
Lakeside Parlor, 22041 M-60, is owned and operated by Lori Whitmyer and Karen Smoots.
It is located inside Diamond Lake Golf Course Clubhouse. There is a second entrance on Golf Lane, off Howell Drive, that patrons are welcome to use to avoid golfers in play.
Lakeside Parlor is a full-service, hand-dipped ice cream parlor featuring Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream, made in Michigan since 1984.
Lakeside Parlor features 21 flavors of ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt. Lakeside Parlor also has sugar-free and gluten-free for customers with dietary restrictions.
For waffle cone lovers, Lakeside Parlor will feature homemade waffle cones, made fresh in the parlor featuring Carbon’s Golden Malted premium waffle mix.
In addition to ice cream, Lakeside Parlor will have fountain pop, hot dogs, chips, iced and hot coffee.
Lori and Karen grew up in Cassopolis. Lori is a lifelong resident of Cassopolis and Karen resides in Portage.
Cass County seemed like the perfect place for an ice cream parlor because Cassopolis is a destination for lakes and summer fun.
When Lori and Karen decided to open Lakeside Parlor inside Diamond Lake Golf Course it was a perfect combination, golf and ice cream.
Golf course manager Bill Loux, along with several members, felt this would be a turning point to bring golfers to this one-of-a kind nine-hole course.
The golf course started the season in amazing condition with attention focused on sand traps and greens.
Diamond Lake Golf Course will be open seven days a week, sunrise to sunset.
Remodeling began mid-March with a full transformation of the inside of the clubhouse completed by opening day.
Patrons and members have been amazed at the newly remodeled clubhouse. Lakeside Parlor needed a cutting-edge product and look to differentiate itself from other parlors.
With that in mind, Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream became the chosen vendor primarily due to the fact that this ice cream is only sold in parlors.
Lakeside Parlor went one step further and contracted with vendors such as Ghirardelli chocolate to offer premium products at an affordable price.
“We know that this area has been longing for a local family destination to eat ice cream and now we have it,” the sisters say.
With plenty of seating, 25 seats inside and approximately 25 more outside, Lakeside Parlor is ready for residents, visitors, vacationers and those just passing by to come out and eat ice cream.
Lakeside Parlor will operate as a seasonal ice cream shop open seven days a week, Monday through Thursday until 9 p.m., and Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 10.
Lakeside Parlor also offers packages such as fundraising ice cream socials, cake and ice cream orders for birthdays or other special events, graduation party packages and golf outing/tournament packages through public Diamond Lake Golf Course.
Contact Lakeside Parlor at (269) 599-5366.

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