My parents' original store at 2009 North Atherton Street, State College, Pa.
This shot dates from about 1963. I think the site is now a bank.
Like the world needed another bank. Booo hisss!
There's Uncle Atom on the left, and BTW, I was already
an uncle in real life when this photo was taken with my Dad.
With that hood I look like a DQ cone with a curl on top!
Relatives hanging out with us at the DQ
In those days the DQ would close for the winter and reopen in the spring.
By the time I was five, Dad was ready to get out from behind the counter and do something else. So when I was old enough to get a part time job, the man who bought the DQ from my parents offered me a job at another DQ location in town.
Would you buy a Peanut Buster Parfait from this guy?
All of this is background to the real reason for this post. On a recent weekend getaway we stumbled upon a vintage Dairy Queen store in Buckhannon, WV, so I HAD TO STOP and get some photos. The store dates to about 1957 and is styled somewhat differently than the one my father built himself. Notice in the above black and white photos that that store had the slanted roof, an architectural feature I really love. Also note that the Buckhannon store's red shingles are not original but were added later to appease International DQ.
Anyway, I really enjoyed talking to her about the details of the building and the amazing fact that the same family still owns it!
It was really great to see some of the original old signs inside and out, and make my purchase outside at a window much like Mom and Dad's store was once. The hot fudge sundae was just the way I remembered it, but somehow it tasted better there.
Oh, and I have to add that whenever I'm somewhere that has a "serve yourself" soft serve machine, I can't resist flicking the old wrist and putting the signature "curl on top" of a cone or sundae. I've still got the touch. ;-)
Now I have to ask, do any of you readers have an original-style Dairy Queen near you?