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Retail Update: Whoa! Cold Stone Creamery Downtown

1csI was walking on Westminster last night and noticed a Cold Stone Creamery sign up at the Tim Horton’s coffee location at the intersection with Dorrance. A quick Google search confirmed that the two companies recently announced that they are expanding their co-branding initiative after trials were successful.

Given that an ice cream store has been high on most people’s wish lists for downtown, this is a positive development of sorts. I had hoped it would be a local (or at least RI) effort and hoped it would take up its own storefront (rather than shacking up with Tim Horton’s), but given our current economy, it’s better than nothing. Now people will be able to pop over from the recently opened Boston Sports Club down the street directly to Cold Stone to balance out exercise and, ah, ice cream…

Bret Ancowitz


  • Ice cream?


    I SCREAM!!!!


    Though I’m not really a big fan of Cold Stone, beggars can’t be choosers.

  • I was just down on Dorrance and saw that Quizno’s closed again. Ice cream is better for lunch than Quizno’s though.

  • Good to have ice cream of quality available outside da Mawl. Thought this Coldstone is now the lone ranger, since the Thayer Street shop has closed, if you drive a few minutes to the East Side you’ll find several locals on Ives, plus the just-off-Thayer Ben and Jerry’s…and a bit further but definitely worth the drive is the wonderful Three Sisters on Hope near the Pawtucket line. The Dirty Garden Mint at Three Sisters is superb.

  • Me too! on Giffords!

    Haven’t been up to Thayer in a while I guess, didn’t know Cold Stone closed. Not really a fan personally and still went to Ben & Jerry’s mostly for my ice cream needs when on Thayer.

    And as much as I was championing an ice cream store Downcity, I haven’t been to this Cold Stone yet because 1) I don’t really like Cold Stone and 2) that Tim Horton’s is not a very attractive place to get ice cream, or anything at.

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