J.P Licks was founded in Jamaica Plain in 1981 by then 26 year old Vince Petryk. The ice cream store was a popular hangout for Mass College of Art students, which is one reason why J.P Licks has a funky vibe. They are known for their interesting flavors, including a flavor for this month called the Leprechaun Brew, which includes local Sam Adams beer blended into a green seasonal ice cream.
Presently there are 13 J.P Licks stores, all within 15 miles of the original store.
J.P Licks is a big part of the Jamaica Plain landscape but before, 659 Centre Street, housed Brueggers Bagels and the Arts Center.