Summer’s has become an iconic establishment in the heart of Toronto, and has been in business for more than 35 years in Yorkville.
Customers who came in as children now return with their own!
Our mission at Summer’s is to provide the highest quality, best tasting homemade ice creams and frozen yogurts to our customers. We want every customer to be completely satisfied with their experience in our store, and we strive to provide outstanding customer service in a clean, fun and positive environment!
Summer’s was founded by Len and Helka Tokey in 1984. Starting in a small storefront on Cumberland Street, they decided to sell homemade ice cream - a tradition in Helka's family that began in Czechoslovakia in the late 1930's. Helka recalls stories of how her father would haul ice from the lake to their storefront in the town center of Košice to chill the cream and eventually sell as a delectable ice cream to the townspeople.
It's no surprise that they were able to translate that small-town charm to their store in Yorkville, where they have established a devoted customer base that has spanned across generations.
Their eldest son, Ron, has managed day-to-day operations for more than 20 years. His experience in management started early when the family business expanded to four locations - a retail and production hub in the west end, plus three additional retail outlets. At the young age of 15, Ron managed their Yonge and Dundas location until the stores amalgamated to a single storefront, where it currently operates on Yorkville Avenue.
In 2007, along with his wife Lianne, Ron purchased the business from his parents and officially became a third-generation purveyor of fine homemade ice cream. They plan to continue to honour the store's rich tradition of homemade quality while strengthening the Summer’s brand through product innovation and strategic partnerships.
In 2014, they expanded their product distribution by launching a line of 8 of their classic flavours in 500ml containers to select grocery stores and look forward to new opportunities in the wholesale marketplace.