Leopold's has been a Savannah tradition since 1919, and on Saturday the owners held a birthday block party to celebrate the ice cream parlor's 93rd birthday.
The block of E. Broughton Street between Abercorn and Liberty in historic downtown Savannah was closed on Saturday for a very special reason: Leopold's Ice Cream was hosting a block party in celebration of its 93rd birthday.
Leopold's opened at 11a.m. and began serving ice cream for only ninety-three cents per scoop. The flavors of the day were lemon sorbet, coffee chocolate chip, mint chocolate chip, strawberry, butter pecan, vanilla, chocolate, and, appropriately, birthday cake.
The cutting of the birthday cake itself was scheduled for 2:30p.m. By that time, the line of guests inside the parlor stretched far out onto Broughton Street and the lines for ice cream at the carts outside stretched down the block. It was a birthday celebration that both locals and visitors alike made their way to on Saturday.
Owners Stratton and Mary Leopold seemed delighted by the excellent turn-out, and, as Stratton told me, "It's fun!" The fun included lighting candles on the birthday cake "celebrating 93 years of tasty memories," singing "Happy Birthday," blowing out the candles, cutting and serving the three-layer cake consisting of vanilla, red velvet, and chocolate flavors, and other games and activities going on later in the day. Few hands did not hold a cup or cone filled with Leopold's ice cream, which is "made on the premises, one batch at a time, using top-secret family recipes handed down from the original Leopold brothers." And, smiling, happy faces were plentiful.
Stratton Leopold and two happy guests. Leopold's Ice Cream. Savannah, GA August 18, 2012
This annual event is a way for Leopold's Ice Cream to give back to, and express appreciation for, the community. As Mr. Leopold told WSAV3, “We are so grateful for Savannah and all the communities around. The support is phenomenal all through the year, but today its especially exciting. We are just very blessed.”