- July 22, 2021
- Posted by: Stratford Team
- Category: Business
Ithaca, N.Y. — Known as “the ice cream of the Finger Lakes,” Purity Ice Cream has been an Ithaca icon for 85 years. Now, it’s ready to be scooped up by a new owner.
Founded by Cornell graduate Leo Guentert in 1936, Purity is famous for its homemade ice cream, egg nog, fresh-baked muffins, sticky buns, cookies and brownies. Guentert worked for Nestle before opening the original Purity shop on First Street.
The modern-day Purity (700 Cascadilla St.) is owned by Heather and Bruce Lane, who bought the business in 1998. They had a personal connection to the ice cream shop; it played a major role in their love story.
“Bruce and I used to come here for dates,” Heather Lane told NYUP.com in 2018. “We’d go for a hike and end with an ice cream sundae. And when we sat here, we’d always look at it like, “What else could we do differently?”
Purity was also where Bruce knelt down next to the ice cream counter and proposed to Heather.
“We sort of…