Ice cream is temporary. But it has a knack for generating melt-resistant memories.
Carol Noyes has a lifetime of those ice cream memories from the Dairy Queen on Snelling Ave. in St. Paul.
It was one of the small, seasonal Dairy Queens. The only seating was outside and opening day in the spring was a big deal. But Carol announced on Facebook last week there won't be any more opening days.
Her father, Boots, opened the Snelling Ave. Dairy Queen in 1952. Carol started running it with her husband in 1979, Bruce Noyes' obituary says.
After a long illness, Bruce died in March – right about the time when the Dairy Queen would normally open for the season.
On Friday Carol posted that the DQ is now closed for good. She thanked the many loyal customers and friends they'd made by serving ice cream and remembered how much Bruce loved wandering out to the picnic tables to talk to people.
"Expressing how I will miss the DQ and my husband is too hard to put into words, " she wrote.
Carol Noyes also thanked the hundreds of people who worked at the Dairy Queen over the years. For many it was their very first job and in lots of cases they returned throughout high school and sometimes college.
"It was fun seeing you grow into responsible, successful and caring adults," Carol wrote.
At least one of those teenagers went on to success in the local restaurant business. Tim Weiss, who owned Gabe's By the Park in St. Paul for more than 20 years and still runs Giggles Campfire Grill at the State Fair, told the Pioneer Press a few years ago his very first job was at the Snelling Dairy Queen.
The Business Journal says the building that was home to the Dairy Queen is now under contract to be sold.