Anyone who remembers coming to Pearl Street as a kid remembers the Häagen-Dazs shop on the corner of Broadway and Pearl. Originally owned by the Frommers family, and built in 1976, this Häagen-Dazs is the oldest operating store still in its original four walls.
The Shaw Family
The Shaw family got into the Haagen Dazs business in 1981, when Lindsay’s father, Michael, bought his first shop in Atlanta. He credits the decision to his wife’s pregnancy cravings; when she was pregnant with their son, Aaron, she wanted a Häagen-Dazs milkshake almost every day. He thought, “I’ve bought so many milkshakes here I feel like I could do this. I know ice cream.”
Lindsay has been involved with ice cream since the day her father decided to purchase a shop. As a little girl, she scooped ice cream with her brother during the summer months and after school. In 1996, Lindsay made her way to CU Boulder where she earned a Psychology degree, hoping to be a teacher. This dream was achieved in 2002, when she got a job teaching high school near where she grew up. Lindsay’s dream was to help kids, to mentor them so that they could change the world for the better. However, her teaching position was short lived– in 2004, she was fired for being a lesbian.
Thrown for a loop, Lindsay turned to her family for advice. With guidance from her father, she did something she had always thought she would never do: she bought the Häagen-Dazs on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder. With help from her brother Aaron, and her Bat Mitzvah money, Lindsay’s was born in 2004. The shop opened with ten sandwiches and three soups, all Shaw family recipes, and the Häagen-Dazs counter that Boulder had grown to love. From there, Lindsay did her best to make her restaurant a success. Customers were brought in with coupons for a $4.99 meal, and kept with the excellent customer service that Lindsay strives to provide.
Ten years later, with an expanded menu and a much bigger customer base, Lindsay’s was ready for a renovation. Lindsay purchased the storefront next to the shop and spent three months renovating. The Lindsay’s that opened was more than twice as big, and is the Lindsay’s we know and love today. Even still, Lindsay prides herself not on the space, but on the excellent person to person customer service that has come to be the shop’s trademark.
The Lady Scooperior
Lindsay still wants to help kids, and mentor them, and she gets to do so by working with high school and college kids, each and every day. She is known for her loving attitude and for coming up with good celebratory dances to celebrate the successes of her employees.
Despite being born in New York, and growing up in Atlanta, Lindsay’s home is Boulder, Colorado through and through. She has also not forgotten her Jewish roots. She loves being a part of a small, diverse, and fun community. She loves the outdoors in Boulder, as well as being close to much of her family, also Boulder residents. Lindsay loves to laugh and see live music, as well as travel. She is proud to say that she gets to spend every day living the dream, here in Boulder.