DAVISON TOWNSHIP (06/14/18)--Summer vacation brings the return of the Flint Trolley Ice Cream and Cafe, now in a new spot at the Davison Farmers' Market.
"It's exciting to have a permanent home, so we're not in storage between events. Now we'll be here on market days, which are Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday," said Trolley owner Josh Spencer.
A re-opening celebration began early Thursday with free ice cream cones being offered up until six o'clock.
"When we first opened, we did this in downtown Flint and we had hundreds, we had a line down the street." said Spencer.
The vehicle is an actual working street trolley car made in Grand Rapids back in 1985. It spent time in Colorado and Texas before returning to Michigan four years ago. Moving from downtown Flint to the Market in Davison Township will allow the Trolley to expand catering services for open houses, festivals and corporate parties.
"Right now, we can actually be here and open with a permanent schedule and then just do all of our catering events from here as our homebase to go out anywhere in Genesee County," said Spencer.
It's actually been about a year and a half since the Trolley was up and running. Since then, it's received a new engine and other new amenities.
"Mobile vending isn't easy, so the truck has kind of gotten a second facelift," said Spencer.
Along with the relocation came the opportunity to offer more summer jobs.
"We have a handful of people that we're hiring to work here, all local students from Davison High School and other surrounding schools in the area and we're still hiring more," said Spencer.
While the Trolley is now based out of the Davison market, it will still have a presence in Flint.
"Back to the Bricks, we'll be down at Buckham Alley Fest. People will see us in Flint at our home, but we'll also be back down here at the Farmers' Market for all the busy events that are happening in Davison," said Spencer.