Milkshakes by Carley and Mike Arends at their Corner Shop Eatery in downtown Ripon are not just taste-tempting, they are a work of art with the use of syrup.
Arends worked as manager of the Barnwood Restaurant for 27 years before it sold last year, opening his own business at the end of August.
The milkshakes are offered in six different flavors of ice cream served to his customers
in his late Grandmother Ella Scheeringa’s collectible Mason jars. They have mint chocolate chip, Espresso, peppermint, strawberry, vanilla and chocolate. She had lived nearby on Elm Street,
Carley works only in the afternoons supporting her husband and doing the books. She works as a phlebotomist at the office of a Ripon physician.
Mike said the family was going to throw the seven dozen jars out when she passed away but he wanted to keep them knowing he would someday put the canning jars to good use in his passion for cooking and baking his best pastries.
“I just loved them,” he quipped. “Now, Carley does her artwork with syrup that shows through the glass of the Mason jars.”
He added that the new business is growing every day with a half dozen Ripon High School students stopping for a sandwich at lunch time and often a milkshake as well. He hopes that as the word gets around so more students will appreciate their ice cream as well as their milkshakes. The regular business customers from the downtown area are allowed to take their jars back to work with them – returning for a refill.
On Saturday mornings and after school six-year-old son Christopher spends time at the restaurant watching Mike and Carley work. When a customer breaks the ice to talk to him saying a simple “hi,” he becomes very social, Mike said, explaining the business and asking questions about who they are and what they do in the community. He always continues the conversations.
After school the first grader sits down at a table by the front window and does his homework with his favorite ice cream or milkshake treat. Chocolate is his favorite with chocolate syrup, his dad added. When he is done he gets a broom and cleans up the business after the noon rush.
“Kids need to his see their parents work,” he dad said as he was serving a half sandwich with a cup of fresh homemade soup.
Talking further about his son, Mike noted, “Some days he wants to be a chef and some days he wants to be a doctor but I want to make a professional motorcycle rider out of him – they make a lot of money,” Arends chuckled.
The young family enjoys trips to Disneyland and dinner nights out to small “mom and pop” places in Ripon, Manteca and Modesto.