Best Frozen Treats – Sylas and Maddy’s

Local legend makes ice cream in-house


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Talking with a customer, Sylas and Maddy’s employee Haley Ford stands behind the counter filled with original ice cream flavors.

Location: 1014 Massachusetts St.
Hours: Noon-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Noon-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 12:30-10:30 p.m. Sunday
Total votes: 581
Best known for: Ice cream and fudge
Year established in Lawrence: 1997

In July, people could walk down Massachusetts Street without seeing Christmas lights or needing to rub their hands together to keep warm. Instead, they could see high school students lining up at the door of a local legend to get the only homemade ice cream in Lawrence.

Lawrence natives Jim and Cindy England opened Sylas & Maddy’s in 1997. Their daughter Sarah currently manages the business.

“[High school students come in] all the time,” employee Haley Ford said. “I’d say they’re probably one of our three biggest demographics that come in here.”

One of the most popular flavors is “Da Bomb,” which is blasted with cookie dough, Oreos and chocolate flakes, and is set on top of fresh, handmade waffle cones.

Additionally, the shop concocts freezes, which are drinks that have homemade sherbet as the main ingredient.

“The sherbets are always really good,” Free State sophomore Chandler Wiggins said. “The orange sherbet is the best.”

The shop has a good location, on the southern part Massachusetts Street. The busy sidewalks in front of the building allow for a flow of customers everyday.

“It’s a really good place to go to on any day that you’re downtown,” Lawrence High senior Jasmine Keys said. “You can get some wonderful flavors. It’s just a really great place in the community.”

2nd Place: Tad’s Tropical Sno – 939 Iowa St.

3rd place: Juice Stop – 812 Massachusetts St., 3514 Clinton Parkway, 4821 W. Sixth St. #F

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