By Alicia Dziak
If some of your favorite childhood memories involve eating ice cream, it’s time to revisit your past. The Springville Dairy has reopened its windows, ready to serve up all your favorite frozen treats topped with sprinkles, hot fudge and a bit of nostalgia!
The Springville Dairy is a perfect example of how everything old is new again.
Springville Times’ writer and history buff Derek M. Otto provided a brief history of this iconic Springville business:
The Springville Dairy was built and opened by Henry Malloch in 1914. The dairy operated under the Malloch family until about 1940 when the business was sold to William Weidinger, who operated the dairy until about 1950 when he moved to Arizona. (His daughter would later gain great accolades as an opera singer with Metropolitan Opera company.) The dairy stayed open under the Duggan family until Joseph Luksic bought it in 1962. His wife, Helen Luksic, retired from the business in 1988 and resided there until death in 2000. Helen’s daughter, Pat Walcyk, operated and even expanded dairy operations to Route 219 when they opened Yummy in My Tummy in 1991. She retired in 2006. The dairy property stayed in the family until Helen Luksic died in 2013. The property was then bought by Bruce and Emily Robinson in 2015.
According to Emily, the building at 84 East Main Street (on the corner of Franklin Street) was purchased to house her photography business, Emily Karr Photography. At the time of purchase, reopening the dairy was “more of a pipe dream,” Emily said, but one that she and her husband, Bruce, both 1997 SGI graduates, decided to take on. “It was here when we were kids, we used to come here after games and concerts,” she said of her memories of the Dairy.
The couple began work on the bottom floor of the building, which has windows opening to Franklin Street. “We had to gut the entire thing,” Emily said of the project. “We had to redo the electric, the floors and get equipment.” Equipment included everything from a soft serve machine, slushie machine, two commercial fridges, and three dipping coolers to smaller components like the sink.
The original signs, which remained hanging on the outside of the building over the years, were taken down and repainted.
Much of the renovation was made possible by the New York Main Street Grant, which, according to www.nyshcr.org, “provides financial resources and technical assistance to communities to strengthen the economic vitality of the State’s traditional Main Streets and neighborhoods.”
Emily wanted to thank the Village and project manager Alma Brown of Clinton Brown Architecture, PC for their work in helping to secure the grant money.
The dairy will be offering a variety of ice cream stand staples, such as soft serve custard, floats, slushies and arctic swirls. There are 24 flavors of hard scoop ice cream, with a rotating featured flavor that customers can vote on each month. Unique items include parfaits (ice cream layered with special toppings) and a variety of almond and coconut-based allergy-friendly products, as well as homemade gluten-free ice cream sandwiches and other GF treats.
“Our goal is to offer something that everyone can have,” explained Emily.
They even offer “pup cups” for your canine companion!
The Springville Dairy will open Friday, May 26, although their official grand opening celebration is scheduled for June 3 after the Dairy Fest parade. The Dairy will employ 6-8 local high school and college students.
Hours are as follows: 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 to 10 p.m. on weekends through the end of the school year. After that, it will be open 12 to 10 p.m. daily. While the full ice cream menu will most likely be offered seasonally, the Robinsons plan to stay open year-round and offer bakery items starting in the fall.
What are you waiting for? Grab some friends, indulge in your favorite frozen treat, and take a trip down Memory Lane via the Springville Dairy!
For more information, visit them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/springvilledairy).