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"The little ice cream shop, in a small town, with a great big heart"

Our Story

JJ Scoops sits tight and cozy at the first spot on Main Street. The building was built in 1885, just 20 years after Clinton’s founding. According to Clinton’s Historic District, the building survived The Great Fire of 1891 as well! On October 31st, 1891, a massive fire swarmed all of Main Street for several days. This was also a time without a fire department, but our little storefront still stands strong today. 


Fun fact: before JJ’s served ice cream, our storefront actually sold millinery, or women’s hats! 


In 1994, our founder John Palladino bought the building. He recruited employees and got to scooping! The store is currently owned and operated by local partners, Lori and Jim. We also remain family operated, like many of the shops on historic Main Street. Our hearty little storefront home serves as a staple to our community, and welcomes all kinds of people and pets alike!