Hartigan’s Ice Cream Shoppe

Established: 1996 Business Type: Specialty Food Known For: Fresh, homemade ice cream

Terry Hartigan began working at a local Baskin-Robbins in Wilmette, Illinois, during the summer of 1974. He was sixteen. Marcia (Savely) Hartigan followed in those same footsteps three years later, and that was how they met. By the summer of 1980, Terry & Marcia were  working out details with the owner, Jack Stigall, to purchase the business at the present location. Terry decided to work full time and manage the store instead of pursuing a college degree. Marcia was a sophomore at Northwestern University and working full time to pay for college. A few years later the young couple married and figured they were set for life. All that changed during the summer of 1996. They severed ties with Baskin-Robbins and put up a new sign:  Hartigan’s Ice Cream Shoppe. 

“Our store is a reflection of our personality and we do everything exactly the way we want. I love that,” Terry said. “Ice cream is one of life’s simple pleasures.” Marcia has been serving ice cream in this community for over 30 years.