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Scoops is located midway on the Sakatah State Bike Trail, right in the heart of Elysian.  It is owned and operated by Joe Meixl and Nancy Dobson. Both have now retired from their careers in Mankato and have found much joy at their “retirement job” operating Scoops! 

Scoops is now in its 7th year under their ownership, and they have been fortunate to follow in the footsteps of the previous owners. 

Scoops was originally founded in 2005 by Jim and Joanne Hansen and then passed onto Larry and Candi Hartung for a few years before Joe and Nancy came on board in 2015!

Scoops features Wisconsin premium hard scoop ice cream that arrives at the shop each week from family-owned Cedar Crest Specialties, LLC creamery located in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The menu also includes a variety of soft serve cones, shakes and sundaes! If you want a great way to start your day, Caribou coffee (including hot and iced specialty espresso drinks) is available every morning. Specialty hot dogs are available all day, including the town favorite the Carolina Slaw Dog.

For the outdoor adventurers, Scoops offers bike, kayak, and paddle board rentals. A great way to explore the area lakes, rivers, and the Sakatah State Bike Trail!

For special occasions, Scoops can cater ice cream from the decorated red and white Scoops-mobile! So far, they have served at birthday parties, graduation parties, and wedding receptions.

Because owners Joe and Nancy love good music and family fun, they now have live music, outdoors, under Scoops band stage, most Saturday evenings! Bring your lawn chair or find a spot at one of the picnic tables and enjoy the music and some ice cream soon!

Scoops is a seasonal business that is open weekends only the months of May and September and open daily 7am-9pm Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Joe and Nancy are fortunate to have a wonderful staff at Scoops. They employ primarily local high school and college students. The caliber and quality of the staff reflects the traditional family values of small-town Elysian. 

As a personal perk, Scoops provides the opportunity for Joe and Nancy to work with some of their family members. Their kids and grandkids all like a turn handling money at the register, scooping up the yummy ice cream for customers, and of course eating all the ice cream they want!  

Joe and Nancy love the community of Elysian, the area lakes, and most importantly the local businesses and people in the area!! 

They are grateful and blessed to be here in Elysian with all the residents and tourists!