Stay cool while supporting small businesses

Turlock is home to a number of small businesses serving snacks ideal for keeping cool on hot summer days. Luckily for community members, there’s a bit of variety in each store for everyone’s taste buds.

Oak Barrel Ice and Creamery is in business at 197 S. Golden State Blvd. Since 2015 Owned by former professor Greg Raynes, Oak Barrell is a staple of traditional ice cream delights, serving 23 different flavors of regular ice cream and four kinds of sorbets. One of their most popular menu items has been the classic Root Beer float. Since its opening, dishes such as ice cream sandwiches have also appeared on the menu.

Oak Barrel is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

House of Random at 80 S First St. has gained popularity for its unique liquid nitrogen ice cream. The shop offers its customers different flavors every month and can even turn a sundae into a milkshake. Not only that, but customers can pick one up 50% off every Thursday.

House of Random is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Lulus Ice Cream Parlor and Treatery at 2054 E Canal Drive is a store that serves more than just ice cream. In addition to classic scoops, Lulu’s offers sundaes, shakes, malts and floats. But there’s even more to the treats than the typical living room. For those with big cravings, customers can grab burgers, sandwiches, fries and salads.

Lulu’s is open Sunday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.

For those who like ice cream more than cream, they also have options at Turlock with Heaven Snow Shaved Ice. Heaven Snow is primarily known in Ceres, but with a recently opened location in Turlock at 811 W Hawkeye Ave., they are already gaining popularity among community members. They offer over 50 flavors of shaved ice, fruit smoothies, frozen slushies, and blended iced coffees.

Fruit-themed, Paleteria y Nieveria La Jungla Michoacana serves freshly diced fruit cups, a traditional Mexican snack. They also offer a variety of Mexican paletas. They are open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Crazy Mangonada at 537 N Golden State Blvd is another Mexican staple in Turlock serving fresh fruit cuts…but there’s a twist to some of their most popular dishes on the menu. The term “crazy” is in the store name for a reason as they are known for experimenting with other Mexican ingredients. They also offer traditional ice cream, paletas and fruit juices.

The Crazy Mangonada is open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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