Moose Trackers Ice Cream opens after five years

Moose Trackers Ice Cream opens after five years

The crew at Moose Trackers Ice Cream, which is now open and ready for business in Scituate. (Breeze photo by Jacquelyn Moorehead)

SCITUATE – History is in the walls at the family-run Moose Trackers Ice Cream and Confections.

Owner Mark Brigido and his family dreamed up the shop for Scituate years ago, hoping to bring the nightly summer tradition of standing outside an ice cream shop in summer to the Brigido’s Market plaza at 1 Village Plaza Way.

From construction to completion, the shop took five years to come together. The journey was worth the effort, said Brigido.

“The goal was when you walk in you walk into an old barn or farmhouse,” he said.

The shop offers more than 50 flavors from the “legendary” Ice Cream Machine in Cumberland, he said. The shop will also offer healthier alternatives alongside classics such as sundaes, milkshakes, floats, and freezes.

The family was inspired by a trip to Copenhagen to bring classic Belgian waffles, called Liege Belgian Waffles, to the shop soon. The street style dish will be served in a variety of ways, including with Nutella or white or dark chocolate.

The building is meticulously crafted with details in every corner, according to the owners. That is because Brigido met the late artist and actor David Paul, who was in the middle of restoring a circa-1800s barn into his home and art studio.

To fit the aesthetic, Paul and Brigido used beams from the Joseph Wilkinson barn, the first barn in Scituate, built in 1703, to line the shop’s walls. The planks, posts and beams of the barn are from the extinct American chestnut tree.

Throughout the woodwork, there are Paul’s signature bow ties cut into beams. Knots were carved out and filled with contrasting colored wood. Some feature pennies stuck in with resin.

Brigido has barbed wire he collected from a trip overseas with his wife, Sheila, and children.

People visiting the shop enjoy noticing the details hidden everywhere. Each piece has a history, and every aspect, from the tin roof covering the ice cream freezers to the French hexagon tiles underfoot when walking in, was carefully planned.

Brigido is happy to share each story, and hopes to eventually add storyboards to go with pieces.

In the back of the shop behind the etched tables, Brigido keeps one of Paul’s photography books. As the project was nearing its completion, Paul died suddenly on March 6, two days before his 63rd birthday.

“He was such an incredible person. An amazing artist. He was a craftsman. He did everything,” Brigido said.

Moose Trackers held a soft opening last week. It is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.