Dairy Treat won't reopen this summer in Shelburne

Published on February 10, 2014

By Amy Woolvett

After half a century of serving up ice cream in Shelburne, the Dairy Treat will not reopen its doors this spring to the public.

Many of the community have fond memories of the iconic local ice cream parlour; whether after a game of baseball, as a treat for good grades or just as a spot to meet up with friends.

No one will have as many happy memories as Brenda Lamrock-Acker, who has worked behind the counter as a manager since 1985.

“The kids are what I enjoyed the most,” she said.  “First they are peeking up over the counter on their tippy toes and then they are driving up with their girlfriends.”

She has seen at least 25 teens employed at the Dairy Treat throughout the years, who still come by for a visit when back in Shelburne.

“It was a hot spot in town,” said Lamrock-Acker.  “I went through two boxes of bananas a week to keep up with the banana split orders.”

She said at one time there was a branch manager, shipper and six drivers as well as counter staff on hand to keep up with demand.

“The line ups would last all weekend long,” she said.

Still, up until they closed, the Dairy Treat was a hot spot and Lamrock Acker said lack of business was not the reason the Dairy Treat closed its doors.

After Farmer’s Dairy merged with Agropur last spring, it was decided they would focus on distribution and drop retail businesses.

That decision includes the closure of the Dairy Treat in Yarmouth.

“It has nothing to do with business volumes or not being busy,” said Lamrock-Acker.

She said she would miss the people the most, when a child would ask for an awful cone instead of a waffle cone, when teenagers would shortly learn if they wanted their order they would need to say please and thank you.

From banana royales to banana splits, Lamrock-Acker, fondly remembered her customers over the years by their order.

“I didn’t go to work,” she said.  “I served smiles.”

When asked what she would do next, Lamrock-Acker said she would hopefully get a job somewhere in Shelburne.

“I can’t retire,” she said.  “I enjoy people too much.”

It was a happy, special and social place for so many in this town,” she said.

She said a new page of her book is being turned.

“It’s the end of an era,” she said.  “It really is.”