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At the end of March, Lander ice cream fans were crushed to learn that a Main Street staple, Ken and Betty’s Ice Cream, had been sold.

There were still several spots to grab a cone or a pint, The Scream Shack, Dairy Land, Mr. D’s, Safeway, TCBY at the One Stop Market, and a few others. But, the sale still created a void for local “sweet-toothers.”

Wyoming Catholic College saw that void and stepped in. WCC had already seen food-industry success with a coffee/sandwich shop, Crux. The spot became a favorite not only for students but Lander community members who were looking for WiFi and a warm beverage.

The new venture for the group, Dolce. The ice cream shop will host a grand opening on Saturday, May 25th at 12:00 p.m. It’s located right next door to Crux and the Catholic College Main Street office, at 302 Main Street.

The Catholic College is very excited at the opportunity to have an ice cream shop in Lander. When Ken and Betty’s announced they were closing, our faculty, staff, and students were in unison with the rest of Lander in our sadness to see it close. When they approached us about the possibility of continuing in the ice cream business, we couldn’t help but see it as a positive. In addition to continuing to have more than one ice cream option in the gorgeous Lander summer months, our students were ecstatic that we’d have ice cream for at least part of the school year. It fits very well with our efforts both with catering, and with Crux. Food service has grown to become a real portion of what we do at the College, so we look forward to a new opportunity to provide the town with great food, quality service, and at a fair price, and to provide an opportunity for our students to meet more of the community. So come check us out on May 25th!   ” — Paul McCown, Wyoming Catholic College CFO