Whippi Dip: from hot to cold


– Photos by Jeanne Vollmer

By Cynthia Price

Whippi-Dip, the ice cream shop and mini-restaurant on Old Grand Haven Road that serves people primarily from Muskegon, Norton Shores and Grand Haven all summer, has once again turned into a winter wonderland. Buying a tree from Whippi-Dip has become an annual tradition with many families; they also sell wreaths and greens.

Whippi-Dip has been around since about 1950, says current owner Mike Ruark; his parents bought it in 1975 and he in turn bought it from them in 2000.

During the holiday season, Whippi-Dip also sells homemade food and baked goods. “My mom is 70 years old, but she still bakes for us. She likes to do her exclusive things, like peanut butter balls, but we also have other snacks and homemade dog food,” Ruark says.

Ruark’s dog Lexi was always greeting customers and was featured in the Examiner in 2017, but she has since died. “I made it about two-and-a-half or three weeks, and then I just said, I’m going to get another dog,” he says. When Lexi’s breeder read about Ruark’s loss on Facebook she offered Tess, who now makes people happy just as Lexi once did.


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