The History of Tucker’s Ice Cream
Tucker’s Ice Cream has been an Alameda and Bay Area favorite for over 75 years. Generations of customers have been enjoying their rich and full-flavored old-fashioned “super creamed” ice cream, along with yogurt, sorbets and sherbets, fresh fudge, ice cream cakes, Cho Cho’s, and Tommy Tuckers.
Tucker’s Ice Cream is SUPERCREAMED! Made the old-fashioned way in batch freezers with only the freshest ingredients available — real fruit and nuts are hand picked for taste and texture and carefully blended with the finest flavorings to produce their trademark super creamed ice cream.
It all began in the spring of 1941 when Marshall Tucker and his wife Verda left their Chico, California home to establish an ice cream business in the city of Santa Cruz. Taking a break on the journey South, they stopped for lunch and ventured into the city of Alameda. What they found here was a unique and warm community that would make an ideal home to raise their children and build a business.
Mr. Tucker had learned the trade from his aunt and uncle in an ice cream store that is still going to this day. With the decision to remain in Alameda, Marshall Tucker opened his shop at 1518 Park Street (corner of Park Street and Webb Ave) utilizing his family recipes for super creamed ice cream. When he celebrated the grand opening on June 3, 1941, some 381 customers were served that day with total receipts of $40.40.
Through the years, Tucker’s Ice Cream grew to be a central meeting place and supporter of community programs, sports activities, and youth.
Kate Pryor, a second generation Alamedan, grew up enjoying Tucker’s Ice Cream and purchased the business in 1990. Still using the original recipes and adding some new twists, Kate carries on the traditions of producing the finest “Supercreamed Ice Cream” around while investing in her community through service and support, including fundraisers for education.
In April of 2000, Kate moved the business to its current and larger location. The spacious Mediterarrean Room offers comfortable seating for families and groups along with a lovely open-air patio for puppies and children of all ages.
One thing that hasn’t changed: Tucker’s still makes Alameda’s finest ice cream!
Anniversary Celebration & Ribbon Cutting at Tucker’s Ice Cream
This is a great celebration recognizing Marshall Tucker’s vision for an ice cream business that would become an integral part of Alameda.
Generations of customers — children who have become parents, grandparents and even great grandparents — have been enjoying their ice cream at Tucker’s. Many exceptional young people have also contributed greatly these last 75 years by serving customers delicious Tucker’s Ice Cream. This community support has allowed Tucker’s to give back to this great City!
We are fortunate to be a part of this great community. We would be honored for you to join us to celebrate this special day.
— Kate Pryor and David Lee
Tucker’s Ice Cream
Address: 1349 Park Street
Phone: (510) 522-4960
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