LOVES PARK, Ill. (WIFR) - One of the Stateline’s favorite ice cream shops is opening for business tomorrow with some smiles but also a few tears. The staff will be opening its doors for the first season without John Elliot who was the former owner of Dairy Depot.
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“You can feel his presence when you're here and I think the customers can feel that too," said John’s Daughter Tonya Lamia.
Former owner of dairy depot john Elliott passed away last summer and lamia thinks he would be proud to see his legacy carry on.
"Dairy Depot was his favorite place on earth and so we couldn't think of a better way to memorialize him, to honor him. We started by making improvements to the building," Lamia said.
Dairy Depot created a new logo that is painted on the building in a mural.
"The train on the building and stuff like that just really embraces all of it and puts it all together," said Dairy Depot Operator Brittany Larsen.
Larsen is filling John's shoes at Dairy Depot and she says that's a big adjustment.
"You know every day I'm either tinkering with the machines or doing something and I'm just like 'I wish John was here to tell me what to do,” Larsen said.
Dairy Depot becomes a little more health conscious by offering a new dole whip this season.
"There gluten free and dairy free, so for the people that come up and say ‘hey do you have anything that is dairy free’ before all we carried was slushies," Larsen said.
But Larsen wants to assure customers that although the outside has changed, most of the ice cream is still in the same.
"They can come with their friends and family to get ice cream and they can enjoy themselves," Larsen said.
Dairy Depot opens tomorrow and will be open daily throughout the summer.