Tuesday, August 14, 2012

End of an Era

Ice-cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn't illegal.
Voltaire, French philosopher and writer (1694-1778)

Sadly, the lights of our beloved Stoney Creek Dairy Bar will shine no more after September 4th. The dairy bar is closing and all traces of this icon will very soon disappear under a seniors retirement home.

For numerous generations of local kids, memories have been made here since 1942 when the ice cream bar opened. It was quite a treat to go for a drive to the dairy, to stand in the line-up that snaked from the sidewalk outside into its cool interior, and to puzzle over the long list of flavour options posted from the ceiling. And then we would eat our cones in the car trying not to drip on the station wagon's vinyl interior. How I wish now that we hadn't been so honest in always returning the plastic trays stamped "Stolen from the Stoney Creek Dairy". It would be nice to have a memento.

The owners are encouraging patrons to move with them to the new location on the bay, but it's just not the same. And so I celebrated the end of an era with one final banana split. Thanks for all those creamy sweet memories. We'll miss you.


Anonymous said...

Say it ain't so! I still remember the brownie sundae. I think I'll have to make a trip there next week when we're back in the "homeland".


Shari said...

I'm glad you have a chance for one last brownie sundae and giving the kids a lick of tradition. I thought about ordering a brownie on your behalf but figured the farewell had to be toasted with a banana split.