Jake’s Ice Cream
Made With Pride by Loving Hands
Jake’s Ice Cream has opened at Barcroft Plaza off Columbia Pike. This especially delicious ice cream is handcrafted of fourteen percent butterfat in twenty-four flavors plus four non-dairy/began coconut-based flavors. They also produce house-made waffle cones, sundaes, shakes, floats and many other confections. Each week their assortment of cocoa bombs, cake pops, and ice cream changes making it fun to stop in frequently to taste the latest offering.
Jake’s is owned by Robin Rinearson who worked as a pediatric and developmental optometrist for more than forty-four years. Later she became a geriatric eye care specialist at the NOVA Vision Center in Bailey’s Crossroads. Most recently she envisioned a career in the ice cream business where she could employee individuals with special needs. The shop is named for her nephew Jake, an adult with special needs who lost his job due to the pandemic. Job prospects became dim during this pandemic but even more so for those with special needs since job opportunities were far more limited even in the best of times.
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and Arlington County are helping with job training and coaching. But it is Rinearson herself who is a major force in staff training and marvels at the camaraderie on display and the help each offers the other. Rinearson points out that her staff is especially proud that they share in serving the community and doing their job well each and every shift. These young adults live up to the shop’s motto: “Made with pride by loving hands.”
6353 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041
571-378-1855 . www.sweetjakesicecream.com
Hours: Noon to 8 pm - closed Tuesdays (next to Starbucks)