Holsten’s Celebrates 75 Years With Free Ice Cream


Holsten’s, famous for its delicious homemade ice cream and being in The Sopranos, is celebrating its 75th Anniversary with a big Ice Cream Party on Sunday, October 26.

According to Holsten’s co-owner, Ron Stark, the establishment opened its doors as Strubbe’s Ice Cream parlor in 1939. After a number of successful years the business became Martin & Holsten’s, and then Holsten’s. Holsten’s became incorporated as Brookdale Confectionery in 1964 and continued doing business as Holsten’s, which was owned and operated by Rudi Stark and Gerhard Kaiser. William Bartels became Rudi Stark’s partner from 1970 to 1980. Christopher Carley became Rudi Stark’s partner in 1981. Ronald Stark also became an owner as well in 1990.

Christopher Carley and Ronald Stark have both been involved in the business since they were teenagers. Holsten’s has been owned and operated by Ronald Stark and Christopher Carley since 1999 when Rudi Stark retired. They work hard together to maintain the integrity of this landmark by following the old fashioned tradition that has made it so successful.


Ron and Chris say they try to keep Holsten’s old fashioned atmosphere alive as much as possible. “That why it hasn’t changed much over the years. It’s like taking a step back in time,” says Stark

holsten'sAt its 75th Anniversary celebration, Holsten’s will give out free single dip cones and cups (limit 1 per person), hold a raffle for six “$25 gift cards,” and sell anniversary T-shirts. That’s some good old fashioned fun you won’t want to miss!

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  1. Holsten’s is a favorite of my 3-year-old daughter. She asks for it whenever we say “Where do you want to go for dinner?” And she prefers their homemade candy to their ice cream. I think she especially loves the family memories we’ve made there since she was a baby… and the stuffed animals don’t hurt. Congratulations to our friends at Holsten’s on 75 years!

  2. Something like this should be treasured. I grew up when there was a corner confectionary in every neighborhood. Sadly they’re all gone now or have become “convenience” stores or nail salons.

  3. A wonderful establishment . Just the sight of seeing Pez candies in the display case brings nostalgic tears to the eye.

  4. Holsten’s is a treasure. Our new discovery is coconut chocolate chip.

    I had hoped that they’d replace the faux wood paneling some day, but the Sopranos final scene may well have made that a permanent fixture. But if that helps keep them in business, I’ll live with it.

    Here’s to another 75 years!

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