Visit the Wooden Shoe in Gull Lake for all kinds of Dutch treats, an amazing weekend brunch, 32 flavours of hard scoop ice cream and more!

Dutch shop and café cooks up warm welcome to summer

5 reason to visit this local hotspot today!

If it’s May, it must be time for ice cream!

Yes, the beaches and campgrounds aren’t the only hotspots that have opened for summer in Central Alberta. Gull Lake’s Wooden Shoe Store & Coffee Shop – your local source for all manner of Dutch treats, cheeses and more – has thrown open the doors on its ice cream parlour and added extended weekend hours to the café.

Owners Christine Luymes and Val Van Aken celebrated 12 years behind the counter in April, and the month-long celebrations were the perfect warm-up to the summer season at the Wooden Shoe, a favourite for customers:

Writes Trina: “Amazing food and staff to match! Treat yourself when you’re in the area you will not be disappointed.”

And from Ashlea: “We love the Wooden Shoe! Great staff, food, brunch buffet and of course, ice cream!!”

Here’s 5 reasons this is a great time to visit:

  1. Sweet treats on ice – The ice cream parlour is open from 1 to 9 p.m. Friday to Sunday to June 22, with ice cream available in the store at other times. Come June 23, drop by from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily to discover 32 delicious flavours of hard-scooped ice cream, including long-standing popular picks like maple walnut, Rolo and “Tiger, Tiger,” the kid-favourite orange-and-licorice combo.
  2. Expanded café hours – Whether it’s their popular all-day breakfast or a burger hot off the grill, you can select your favourite from the full Wooden Shoe menu, served Friday, Saturday and Sunday night until 8 p.m.
  3. A buffet of breakfast selections – Let the Wooden Shoe team do the cooking on the weekends! Stop by from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays for a full breakfast buffet of tasty savoury sausage, bacon and hashbrowns, plus waffles, fruit and a host of rotating favourites.
  4. Gluten-free goodies – As more people look to gluten-free options, that section is getting larger on the shelves at the Wooden Shoe, Christine says, pointing to yummy treats like speculaas cookies and Stroopwafel, now available in gluten-free options.
  5. Savoury sensations – Sweet treats aren’t the only thing you’ll find at the Wooden Shoe this season! Look for panko-coated deep-fried coquettes stuffed with beef and chicken, and yummy Bamischijf and Nasischijf, with deep-fried rice or noodle exteriors sliced to reveal a delicious filling.

Located at 40 Lakeview Ave. in the village of Gull Lake, Alberta, about 15km west of Lacombe off Highway 12, the Wooden Shoe Store & Coffee Shop is your source for all things Dutch, in addition to yummy breakfasts, lunch and coffee! Visit today and follow them on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all the happenings!

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