There’s a new business coming to downtown St. Johnsbury that’s been a long time coming. The Star Theatre will soon realize plans to open an ice cream parlor next door in the space formerly occupied by Sunshine Boutique. Ownership partners Al Bulay and Matt Heuer are in town to oversee the final preparations for Yummies At The Star. The ice cream parlor has been giving out free samples to curious passers-by as well as movie-goers as they leave some showings this week. The shop intends to hold a soft opening this Friday and, if all goes well, a grand opening soon after. The ice cream shop has 8 tables and seating for a couple dozen or so people set up along the windows overlooking Eastern Avenue. The space is decorated with a movie motif and still images from some iconic films are hung on the walls. Yummies will offer soft serve and 8 flavors of hard ice cream cones and dishes, along with shakes, floats, sundaes and the like to start. The ice cream parlor was originally envisioned a number of years ago as Bulay was developing plans for the fourth cinema at the Star. The theater even put a sign in the window teasing the plans in 2019 with a message to stay tuned, but things were put on hold with the pandemic. Bulay owns five theaters, with three in New York, and another in Bennington. He’s owned the Star Theatre for about 14 years.
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