Back in 1978, sisters Eileen and Susan were thinking about opening an ice cream shop together on Long Beach Island, a family place that their own families would love: rich soft serve, hand picked hard flavors from the region’s best makers, super thick milkshakes, hot fudge brownie sundaes. Skipper Dipper was thus born on July 4th weekend, 1978.
Guests always asked Eileen for the inspiration of the name “Skipper Dipper”: she had brainstormed several others, but it was only after her then 3-year-old son David kept saying it repeatedly that she knew they had just the right name. Her sister Sue, a painter by training, designed the character that would become iconic for the shop: a sea captain sporting a soft serve swirl top, wafer cone body and welcoming smile.
The shop has garnered multiple accolades over the years: Best Ice Cream Shop of South Jersey from New Jersey Monthly's Reader's Poll in 2017, New Jersey’s Top 40 Ice Cream Shops in the Garden State in 2016 from nj.com, Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Shore, and additional recognition and awards from New Jersey Monthly, South Jersey Monthly and local reader’s choice awards.
The lines can be long — Eileen’s son Dave, who took the helm of the shop from his mom in 2008, believes in scheduling plenty of staff on summer nights, which is why the line always moves, and despite the buzz Skipper Dipper has garnered over the years — it’s also been featured on NBC’s Today and HGTV, among others — the shop sticks to its founding roots: great ice cream and great service to help guests create joyful, lasting memories. And if you know the menu, the hot fudge brownie sundae is now named in honor of Eileen.
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