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Business Profile: The Inside Scoop on Mr. G’s Ice Cream

Are you looking for an ice cream fix in Gettysburg? Look no further, some things are just mint to be. Mr. Gs ice cream shop is the perfect sweet treat after enjoying a day on the battlefield or walking through beautiful historic Gettysburg.

Mr. G’s is a local homemade ice cream shop in downtown Gettysburg. It is a favorite for college students, locals, and tourists. Owner Mike Gladfelter — “Mr. G” — is an alumnus of Shippensburg University. One summer he traveled home with his roommate during summer vacation and was mesmerized by his family’s ice cream shop, becoming fascinated with the idea of combining his own entrepreneurial interests and his love for ice cream. Gladfelter is very proud that one of his employees has been with him since day one.

Mr. G’s was not always located in its iconic location on the corner of Baltimore and LeFever Streets. The first store opened off Route 30 in 1997 and the business moved into town 2011. The current building is situated at a prime site for local traffic and Civil War history buffs. The building is scarred with bullet holes and battle wounds from the Civil War are evident on the south side of the building. The original home was once known as Twin Sycamores, which were two trees outside of the shop that withstood the Civil War.  Astonishingly, one of the two is still standing.

There is a white picket fence around the perimeter of the shop so families feel comfortable with their children running around the lawn. Customers can enjoy ring games out front and a gift shop in back. Mr. G’s partners with the Life is Good brand and sells apparel in the gift shop along with work from local Adams County artisans. They also sell candles that smell exactly like their most popular ice cream flavors!

With over 50 total homemade flavors and 16 always available in the shop along with soft-serve there is always a flavor for your liking. When it is peach season in Gettysburg, fresh peach ice cream is the biggest seller. Some other fan-favorites are pumpkin in the fall, cookie dough, mint-chip, and a Mike Gladfelter favorite – black cherry.

Like many businesses in 2020, Mr. G’s was dramatically impacted by COVID-19. However, a silver-lining throughout the past year was their partnership with Kennie’s Market. With over 20,000 pints of homemade ice cream delivered to the three Kennie’s Markets in Biglerville, Gettysburg, and Littlestown last year, Mr. G’s stayed busy with their new business venture and online orders throughout the pandemic.

If you are visiting Gettysburg or in the Adam’s County area, plan a trip to visit Mr. G’s on 404 Baltimore Street to try some of their creamy homemade flavors to put a cherry on top of your day!

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