Day 55: The Yum Yum Shoppe

Believe it or not, I actually went to work for the morning and spent a few hours in my office catching up on emails and other small tasks that will make my return to school a little easier in a few weeks.

So between a few hours of work and a couple rounds of thunderstorms, I didn't really have much to share today...

...until my brother sent me a picture from back home.


The storm system that came through here stretched a good length of the state and also went through my home town a few hours south of here. The winds back home seem to have been a little stronger as I've been reading reports of extensive tree damage and power outages. As the winds passed through, a piece was apparently blown off the Produce Plus building revealing the original business housed there and a beautiful glimpse into the past.

Although I would have been quite young when the Yum Yum Shoppe was open for business, I have very distinct memories of that place.


I remember the building was yellow. Not brown or tan or off-white or whatever color you'd call it now.

I remember it being cold inside and smelling like the average grocery store dairy section. You know the smell I'm talking about, right? Not quite a Dairy Queen smell...but close.

I remember there was a variety of hand-dipped ice cream options to chose from and I typically chose Superman ice cream -- red, yellow, and blue ice cream with small pieces of bubble gum mixed in. I had chicken pox when I was five and my grandmother brought me Superman ice cream from the Yum Yum Shoppe.

I remember the tables were small and round ... like you'd find at any stereotypical ice cream shop. The chairs, if I recall correctly, had thin metal legs that squeaked loudly when scooted on the tile floor.

I remember it wasn't just a place for treats -- they served food, as well. In fact, this is where a young boy named Tim fell in love with the roast beef melt -- basically a grilled cheese with roast beef and gravy in it.

In the years since then, that building has served mostly as the home of Produce Plus ... but I don't care how many fresh fruits and vegetables you pile in there.

It'll always be the Yum Yum Shoppe to me.

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UPDATE: Some folks are saying that this sign has been exposed for several years while others are saying it wasn't until Wednesday's storm. Anyone know for sure? Either way...whatever...it's still the Yum Yum Shoppe. :)

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