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Iconic Mason City ice cream parlor Birdsall’s to re-open


This news story was published on May 27, 2021.
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Birdsall’s in Mason City
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MASON CITY – An iconic Mason City ice cream parlor is re-opening, a community organization is reporting.

Birdsall’s ice cream shop closed in 2020. Later, the owner of Mason City’s best-known ice cream shop, David Vaughn Escher, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. The town has missed the tradition of stopping in for a sundae or a cone on a warm day ever since.

However, today it is reported by Visit Mason City that new owners are taking over and preparing to re-open the shop. Anne and Gary Schmit, along with Marc Murray and Michelle Murray appear to be helping get things opened back up.

A sign on the building proclaims “new owners” and “opening soon”.

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16 Responses to Iconic Mason City ice cream parlor Birdsall’s to re-open

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 1, 2021 at 7:52 am

    I suspect many of you that posted your cutesy words on this story are the same who complain all the time about Mason City and how you wish it could return to the “good old days” and when a business re-opens, or something is done is help Mason City, you turn into complainers and snowflakes who can’t resist expressing your dominant traits – ignorance and hate. Go suck an egg and get your ice cream from a business that takes your money and puts it in their bank in some other city.

  2. mint Reply Report comment

    May 31, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Some ingredients never melt.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 30, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    It should be fine just avoid VANILLA

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 30, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    No shit hopefully there gonna use new RECIPES !!

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 30, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    YMCA SAUNA SWEET VANILLA!!!!! Haha now thats FUNNY !!!

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 29, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Is Mark coming out of retirement to pass on all the recipes?

  7. Peet Sauna Reply Report comment

    May 29, 2021 at 1:18 am

    It was like $5 for a single scoop sundae last time i was there, 6 years ago. no thanks.

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 28, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    SWEET !! Hopefully we still don’t have to worry about the vanilla sex offender ice cream. Hahahaha. Or what they called YMCA Sauna Sweet Vanilla… lol

  9. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 28, 2021 at 10:40 am

    This news is GREAT we need to keep the old fashion Ice Cream Parlors and Mom & Pop stores going. They are unique. I don’t know about other people, but I get really tired of the big box stores that have everything for a one stop shop. I like a variety of stores to shop in sometimes.

    If downtown Mason city could accomplish that and call it River City Square. They may be in business, all those empty buildings could be put to good use.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      May 28, 2021 at 7:35 pm

      Glad you can afford 1 and a half times more that something is worth

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        May 29, 2021 at 7:29 pm

        The big box stores Don’t have unique things, and that what makes mom & Pop stores their own.

        Need I mention Mason City has a program going for owners, so they can fix up their buildings, or they use too.