Long before I took photos at Welcome Parlour and met Ian, the owner, I had enjoyed the ice cream there many times with my wife and two kids. What I didn’t realize, was just how much history exists in the shop. The space itself was once a local bank at a time when men would wear top hats and one-dollar bills existed (look closely at the original wood floors and you can see where people would line up at the tills). Nearly every detail is a reclaimed material or antique, set against a backdrop of a carefully selected photograph showing Lower Lonsdale from yesteryear. I could go on about the one table that used to be a sewing machine, or the gorgeous Italian coffee maker that adorns the counter, but I welcome you to check it out yourself and enjoy a scoop of handmade ice cream (it’s delicious).