Frosty Freez, one of the area’s favorite ice cream shops, will celebrate  their 60th Anniversary on Saturday, August 6th.

The 60th Anniversary celebration will kick off at their location at 496 East Main Road at 11:30 a.m. and will include music, face painting, balloons, give-aways and 60 cent kiddie cones all day until they close at 10 p.m.

All previous Frosty Freez employees are invited to meet at Frosty Freez at 9am for a group alumni picture in front of the iconic shop.

Earlier this year, Frosty Freez a Family Fun 5k and Kiddie Run to help kick off their 60th season.

A Look At Frosty Freez’s History In Their Own Words

“Leo Cassidy opened the “Tastee Freez” sometime in 1956, according to the limited records we’ve been able to find.  He and his wife Grace ran both the ice cream shop and “Leo’s Diner” which was located right behind the shop.  Neither Leo nor his wife are with us anymore, but their small, family-oriented ice cream business still sits in the same building, serving Aquidneck Island families for over 50 years now.  The name was changed to Frosty Freez at some point during their time, but we haven’t been able to find out when; we are still actively seeking more historical information. The building has gone through quite a few changes, as has Middletown, but the family atmosphere remains.

Ray and Solange Roppe purchased the business back in 1977, and ran both the ice cream shop and their clothing store “Ray’s Fashions”, located right behind Frosty Freez.  The Roppe’s daughter Martine took over the shop in 1990, and ran it with her husband Gary for the next 10 years.  In June of 2000, my husband Mark and I became the 3rd family of “caretakers” of this little Middletown landmark.  We feel very fortunate to continue the tradition of serving a fun treat to our small community.  Lots of people love it for its old-fashioned simplicity and its continuity.  And its ice cream, of course!

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Roppes for “showing us the ropes” in the ice cream business.  Fast and friendly service, great product and affordable prices have created a great fan base over the years.  We’ll continue to do our best to keep things that way, while, of course, always looking for ways to make it even better!”

Ryan M. Belmore

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