FULTON – I scream for ice cream. You scream for ice cream. We all scream for ice cream. But the screams have stopped in Fulton since James and Rebecca Jackson bought a vacant building across the street from the Paddlewheel Restaurant on Fourth Street.
The Jacksons own the building where friend and business partner, Michelle Cetanyan, manages Michelle’s Coffee and Ice Cream.
Michelle and her business partners are proud of the new shop’s delicious ice cream drinks and other delicacies, most of which Michelle “invented.”
Two of Michelle’s favorites are the house drink, Green Dragon, and Caramel Turtle Cheesecake.
Michelle has agreed to share one of her original ice cream drinks with us. She shared the real thing with me when I visited the shop, and it was delicious.
2 shots of espresso
1 shot of raspberry syrup
2 pumps of Ghirardelli chocolate
½ pump of steamed milk
Other items sold in the shop include soft drinks, coffee, rolls, bagels, mixed berries, fresh strawberries, fruit parfaits, deli sandwiches.
James and Rebecca also bought the vacant corner lot next door and hope to develop that into a pavilion one day.
The last two places in Fulton to buy an ice cream cone cone closed over the winter.
James said it was easy to figure out what the people wanted as they cried, “ice cream” when they saw him around town.
Rebecca and James recently retired from the U.S. Army, where they spent 20 years, 12 in Germany. Rebecca and Michelle became friends when they both worked in the military laundry. James and Rebecca came back to their native Rock Island, and decided they wanted to settle in Fulton.
When the Jacksons decided to start the business, they called Michelle, who had some experience in that area.
Rebecca had been busy with a career in the medical field for many years.
“That’s her real passion,” said her husband. “She currently is employed as a pharmacist in Clinton.”
She still finds time, however, to help out in the coffee and ice cream shop.
The Jacksons wanted to find a home and a business in the Fulton area.
“We found them both right here,“ he said, pointing to the stairs that lead up to an apartment.
The business hours are whatever you want them to be. The sign on the door states the business is open at 7 a.m., and they close whenever the night customers leave.
“If we are getting ready to close and a group comes in, we go back in and stay as long as they want, and continue to serve, James said.