MUSKEGON, MI – A creaking oak door greets customers at a new downtown Muskegon ice cream shop where the owners hope to restore history and transform lives.
Occidental Eats, 557 Western Ave., is named after the Occidental Hotel, a downtown Muskegon centerpiece that stood at Western Avenue and Third Street for more than a century before closing in 1970 and being demolished five years later.
“I thought what an awesome Muskegon treasure and memories to resurrect,” said owner Corrine Cockream who opened the shop with her husband Eric Cockream this summer.
It’s not just the name of Occidental Eats that invokes the past.
Relics of the hotel like an Occidental Candy Shop box and an old directory of guests are on display. The shop also serves the homemade “one and only Occidental hot fudge sauce,” using a framed recipe