New ice cream parlor opens in downtown Ripon

Ready to serve customers at Sweet n’ Saulty Ice Cream Parlor are, from left, Tim Saul, Sheridan Zimmerman, Renee Saul, Debra Nieves, Artessa Elliott, Maya McFarlane and Tyler Granados.

Husband Tim Saul is the fire chief.

Wife Renee Saul owns a scrapbooking store.

Neither of those enterprises scream “ice cream.”

Yet, last week Thursday, they opened Ripon’s only full ice cream parlor.

While some Ripon shops offer ice cream, Sweet n’ Saulty Ice Cream Parlor specializes in ice cream by the scoop, in sundaes, mixed up in malts and more from its shop at 227 Watson St.

That may seem like an unexpected turn for a fire chief and professional scrapbooker, but the Sauls say it makes perfect sense for them.

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