In 1985 Stacey and Bill Frankenfield created a concept that would make history
In October of that year the doors opened on Cool Scoops, a "Classic Milk Bar" opened in Suburban Hawthorne, NJ..
Set in 1958 (the year of bill's father's first new Chevy), Cool Scoops was unique in a era that promoted big hair, big sneakers (remember those high top Reaboks?).
The staff, mostly High Schoolers, junped on board, embracing a style and culture that was unknown to them.
The shop was not so much retro or nostalgic as it was a re-creation of a classic fifties corner icecream shop lost in time.
The Juke box pumped out ASCAP licensed fifties tunes. the walls sported sepia toned reproductions of fifties TV star phots (autographed carefully by various members of the initial staff) These "autographed original" photos were stolen regularly..... suckers!
Cool Scoops was one of the nations first resturants to offer a non smoking environment and was certainly the first retro-themed establishment of any kind to be smoke free.
Cool Scoops closed as an Ice Cream Parlour in 1993 but continued on with merchandising and licensing as well as film rights and sponsorships.
Check back soon for images from the "old Days"