Locals knew it would take something pretty sweet to fill the former Lily Pad space on Garrison Avenue – This might just be the thing.
Drew Evans, also owner of Carthage's beloved Whisler's on north Garrison, had owned the shop at 1215 Garrison Ave. for only 15 days on Thursday as customers steadily dropped in for a tasty treat. The Deluxe Creamery opened its doors at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 and by just word-of-mouth promotion, locals flocked to the parlor to enjoy some Anderson's ice cream – which is a fond childhood memory of many who grew up in the Joplin area.
“I've heard so many 'back in the day' stories,” said Amanda Blalock, manager of the Carthage location. “We're all really excited to bring a piece of Joplin history to Carthage. People should come for the experience – to make memories – to bring the past to today. For our older generation that used to go to Anderson's when they were little can now bring their kids and grandkids and make new memories.”
From 1936 to 1996, Anderson's ice cream was a signature stop for Joplin, but when Raymond Anderson passed away, so did his business. However, friends of the family received the family's blessing and decided to continue his passion – not only in Joplin, but Carthage as well.
“We're hoping to just keep it as original as we can – keep what Mr. Anderson had going, because that's what people remember and love,” Blalock said.
Billy Garrigan, Evans and Blalock had all worked together at Sam's Club and decided to go on this Anderson's ice cream venture together. They re-painted the parlor, re-did the floors and gave it a 1950s Coca-Cola theme. Even though the Deluxe Creamery happened fast, Blalock said it's been fun.
“We're more like family,” Blalock said with a laugh. “It's not your typical ice cream.”
With the front container kept at minus 6 degrees, the parlor offers 16 of nearly 70 different flavors of genuine ice cream – made with cream, not milk. Every season will bring a new variety of choices; currently, the fall flavor is pumpkin. But, those original flavors of lemon and orange-pineapple will remain in the top slots.
“The kids always like to get the blue, which is cotton candy,” Blalock said with a smile. “We keep it fun.”
The Anderson's Ice Cream in Joplin is located 454 Redings Mill Rd., South Main Street, and the Carthage location is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from noon-6 p.m. Sundays.