Two hours of physical therapy on Monday left K. in intense need of a treat – her special request was a Blizzard from Dairy Queen, so we plugged “Dairy Queen” into our Garmin, Lolita. Yes, we have a name for our Garmin and we talk back to her.
I was ready to make a U-turn and give Lolita a piece of my mind, but decided to take a closer look:
There were posters in the windows for Blizzards and other familiar treats – why, yes, this WAS a Dairy Queen!
K. and I thought that maybe this was THE original Dairy Queen, but a little Internet research told us that Dairy Queen actually started in 1940 with a shop in Joliet, Illinois. By 1950, when this store we visited was built, there were 1,446 franchises. Today there are over 5,900 locations worldwide. Warren Buffett tends to buy what he likes, so that explains why Dairy Queen is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway.
So we were able to get our much-craved DQ treats after all. Of course, there was no drive-through, so I actually had to walk up to the window to place my order. *gasp!* There was a little bell chained to the counter, in case you needed to get someone’s attention.
As I was waiting to pay with my American Express card clutched in my hand, I noticed this sign in the window:
Luckily, I had a little cash in my wallet. One Triple Chocoholic and one Mint Oreo Blizzard later, we left happy 🙂