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Closed for the Season

Thank you for your patronage. We will re-open in the springtime!
Business is for sale through Jaqua. See link: click for more

The Bear Delivers

Can't get away from your desk?
The Sugar Bear delivers to local businesses. $20.00 minimum, 5 mile radius
Call us... (269)657-4841

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Sugar Bear History

The Sugar Bear was created by Gary and Cindy Verdries from a converted auto service station. The store opened in May, 1976, two days after Gary and Cindy were married. They ran the Ice Cream Parlour 7 days a week until midnight.

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We Cater to Special Diets ~ The Owner has Celiac and understands the difficulty of eating out safely.

We're all about YOU!

Completely Customer Oriented

  • Gluten-Free (including cones, cookies and cakes)
  • Allergy aware/trained staff.
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Lactose Intolerant
  • Egg Allergies
  • Soy Allergies!
  • Low Calorie/Carb


  • Free WIFI
  • Birthday Party Rental and/or Catering
  • Play area for children.
  • Customer Rewards ~ EARN FREE PRODUCT
  • Seating for 50 people indoors.
  • Additional NEW (seasonal) Patio seating with waitstaff.
  • Stocked changing station with spare pants for emergencies.
  • Ice Cream Cakes for your parties at The Bear or home.
  • Wall mounted Hand Sanitizers in Parlor.
  • Newsletter always comes with a coupon.

Many Gluten free and vegan items supplied by our friends at:

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