A local Dairy Queen recently received a PRIDE (Personal Responsibility in Delivering Excellence) Award from the Dairy Queen system for achieving a high level of cleanliness and food safety.
Owners Todd and Kathy Wilms and their partners, Mike and Janet Discher, oversee the DQ store at 1550 West Prospect Road.
“We are inspected twice a year and won the PRIDE Award for no violations, something that’s very difficult to get,” Todd Wilms said.
Wilms gave some of the credit to Terry Dennison of Ashtabula, who owns the building and goes around on his golf cart picking up litter and cigarette butts every day.
Customers and Dairy Queen officials take notice, he said.
Not only are Mike Discher and Todd Wilms ice cream entrepreneurs, but also full-time firefighters with the Ashtabula City Fire Department.
Together they purchased the Dairy Queen in 2008 from Judy and Jerry Glauss, who owned the store for 27 years.
They spent seven weeks learning about the Dairy Queen franchise, which included knowing what to order every week and what’s popular with Dairy Queen customers.
“We go through 120 pounds of strawberries and 75 pounds of Oreos a week,” Wilms said. “Customers also like peanut butter cups (in their blizzards).”
In addition to ice cream cones, blizzards, milkshakes, floats and sundaes, the Dairy Queen offers ice cream cakes.
At customers’ requests, the Dairy Queen is open 10 months of the year, only closing from November through January.