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Dairi-O, 530 North Main Street (Bishopville): 2008   5 comments

Posted at 10:59 pm in Uncategorized

This old-style walk-up soft-serve parlor was in Bishopville, on the north side of town near the high school stadium. I would pass by it several times a year on the way to family events, and always meant to stop some time or other, but the way it always worked out is that I was not alone, running late, or both.

I first noticed that it seemed to be closed on my way to Thanksgiving 2008, and finally got around to taking some pictures in March of 2009. It was a beautiful sunny day, and I had no qualms about heading out on I-20 with a camera and some good music. According to their sign, the place had been there more than 50 years, which I have to say is a pretyt good run.

Going by this last month for Thanksgiving, I saw that now all the signage is down, and the building is just sitting there empty with no indication of what it was.

UPDATE: Looks like there's a Facebook Group..

UPDATE 23 December 2011 -- Well, as these 24 November 2011 (Thanksgiving) pix show, the building is gone now.

UPDATE 24 December 2011 -- Oops! Building is still there, but boarded up. The pix were of a lot with a gas station destroyed by Hugo, so I've taken them out. I'll try to get the real thing next time I'm over there. (Didn't have my camera ready today..)

Written by ted on December 10th, 2009

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5 Responses to 'Dairi-O, 530 North Main Street (Bishopville): 2008'

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  1. I had a friend in the mid 1990s that had brain cancer and I often drove him to the VA hospital for his treatments. Each and every time we made the journey from Bennettsville we had to stop at Dari-O for an ice cream cone and Buck would always say "you know, I'm not sure if I like their ice cream or not. Let's stop and try one again". God rest his soul....Parrish McLaurin "Buck" McLean.

    Scott Johnson

    29 Aug 10 at 9:53 pm

  2. I remember it fondly. I attended Bishopville High School just across the street from the Dairy-O, graduating in 1960.
    We would sometimes sneak over during lunch period.
    Thanks for the memories.

    Wm. R. Bridgeman

    18 May 12 at 10:22 pm

  3. I loved their Cherry Smash, I would get one almost everyday afterschool, everyone wondered why my lips were so red after school, on that ( I hate it ) bus.

    Melba Tallon

    4 Nov 12 at 5:41 pm

  4. I really wish that this place would have stuck around a little longer (great run 60+yrs) so my kids could’ve enjoyed it. It was a late find early 2004ish for me and I enjoyed it while it was there.

    Tara Toney

    3 Aug 23 at 7:04 pm

  5. My apologies 50+ years.

    Tara Toney

    3 Aug 23 at 7:06 pm

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