Today, we feature Yum Yum ice cream store. Given its location near UNCG and Old Town Draught House on Spring Garden Street, there are always events happening that keep the store busy. Additionally, it has long been a destination, for locals and out of town visitors. Yum Yum was started 109 years ago and is still owned by the Aydelette family. Not much has changed since we featured them in 2009, other then a modest price increase and they now have a social media presence. Follow them on Facebook where they do a nice job of announcing new flavors they are featuring and when they have a change in hours. Here's what we wrote six years ago:
"Yum Yum Ice Cream in its first incarnation was sold from a cart beginning in 1909 in downtown Greensboro. An early Greensboro postcard features the ice cream cart in front of the Courthouse. In the 1920's, the business was moved to a free-standing building at the corner of Forest and Spring Garden Streets. Since the location was at the western limit of the city, the owner called the business West End Ice Cream. Around that time, he introduced the ice cream flavor Yum-Yum, a flavor that is believed to have included grapes, raisins, a grain. At any rate, people began saying, "Let's go get some of that Yum-Yum ice cream." The name stuck and became the official name for the store.
The shop is actually an ice cream factory with the product made in a back room, the old-fashioned way with vintage 1920's equipment. They have had the same ice-cream maker for 25 years now. He is very picky about the source of his ingredients as well as quality and consistency. The proof is in the taste of the ice cream. Currently, they feature 18 flavors at $2.00 a scoop. The store is, perhaps, equally famous for its tasty, bright red hot dogs which start at $1.00 for a basic dog and cost $1.60 for one "all the way." Yum Yum is surrounded on all four sides by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Let's hope the university remains a good neighbor and allows this century-old business to continue in this prime location."