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OZARK, MO.

Sunny’s ‘Double Dips’ Old Fashioned Soda Fountain and Ice Cream Parlor is now open in Ozark, Missouri

On warm days, customers are stepping back in time and heading to the new Sunny’s “Double Dips” Old Fashioned Soda Fountain and Ice Cream Parlor in Ozark, Missouri. Jon and Jami Williams opened the business in February and say that when it’s sunny, they’ve had lines out the door continuously for hours.

This is the owners’ first foray into the restaurant industry. Jon was an electrician for 27 years, and Jami resold antiques. Eventually, her business became so popular and profitable that they realized they needed to open an antique business, because they ran out of storage space.

Jami bought an old-fashioned soda fountain to resell, but fell in love with it – so she decided it would be the perfect addition to their new antique store. The soda fountain is a phosphate fountain, which adds a tangy note to treats, but it also helps separate the flavors. When you mix two ingredients, each one is distinct, Jon says. Cherry limeade, made with cherry syrup and fresh limes, is a favorite, but there are eight flavors that customers can mix and match.

The soda fountain is from the 1950s, and the backdrop behind it is from the 1930s. You'll also find other vintage memorabilia throughout the shop. The cozy space is 900 square feet and seats 17 at Formica tables, but there is overflow seating in the antique store.

Being their first business, there has been a lot of trial and error.

“We knew nothing,” he says. “We have done a lot of research.” 

Customers love the unusual milkshake flavors, such as a raspberry-mocha chip, peanut butter and jelly, caramel apple and chocolate-covered strawberry.

“Shakes are by far the most popular,” Jon says. 

The shop also serve malts, ice cream scoops, pies and big pickles. Floats, in flavors like root beer, strawberry cream and orange, are big sellers too.

Sunny’s “Double Dips” Old Fashioned Soda Fountain and Ice Cream Parlor is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm, but guests can expect longer hours during the summer.  

Sunny’s “Double Dips” Old Fashioned Soda Fountain and Ice Cream Parlor, 527 N. 21st St., Ozark, Missouri, 417.522.3842, www.facebook.com/SunnyFarmsBarnyard

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