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The Ice Creamsmith in Dorchester celebrates 40 years

Kieran Feldman, 7, contemplated additional toppings as he took a bite of his cone at Dorchester’s Ice Creamsmith. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

The Ice Creamsmith, a fixture in the Dorchester Lower Mills community, celebrated 40 years of selling frosty treats on Tuesday.

Some customers who came in on the sunny winter day were surprised to see a crowd of camera crews and city officials including Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh on hand for the anniversary.

“It was a circus,” said Sarah Mabel-Skillin, an owner of the store. “The mayor stood in line for ice cream and presented us with a certificate of recognition for the years we’ve been in business. “

Ice Creamsmith serves up a variety of flavors and other treats such as cookies, ice cream pizzas, and floats. Walsh got a vanilla scoop with Oreos, Mabel-Skillin said.


Her father, David Mabel, opened Ice Creamsmith in 1976 with a business partner and ended up running the store with his wife, Robyn, Mabel-Skillin said.

“My dad was laid off and saw an ad for used ice cream equipment and decided to give it a run,” she said. “They ran the show and had a location in Fields Corner and have been here every day since the shop opened for the past 40 years.”

Even after retiring and selling the shop to Mabel-Skillin and her husband, her parents are still involved.

Mabel-Skillin said she had a “full circle moment” seeing her own daughters grow up in the store.

“I remember sitting on top of one of the freezer cabinets watching my father decorate the cake,” she said. “After I was here, my older daughter was doing the exact same thing, sitting and watching her dad decorate.”

Mabel-Skillin said she and her family are exploring ways to expand and support the community in a way that stays true to the store.

“We hope we have another 40 years in us,” she said. “The priority is to maintain the quality, and hopefully that will never change.”


Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh had a taste of ice cream at the Dorchester parlor. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

Mina Corpuz can be reached at mina.corpuz@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @mlcorpuz.