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Closing Time for Middleton's Frozen Custard

Updated: Oct 3, 2020

I had my last cherry milkshake on closing day. It was a lot to take in that this would be the final milkshake. PHOTOS BY JASMINE WILLIS

By Jasmine Willis

DANSVILLE — It was a bittersweet farewell to our final moments of that special custard we have all come to love for generations.

On Sept. 27 Middleton’s Frozen Custard shut the doors for good on over three decades of ice cream traditions.

Middleton's had to say goodbye to all their loyal customers. PHOTOS BY JASMINE WILLIS

Middleton’s Owner, Christine Middleton posted a heartfelt message on Facebook to all of her loyal customers.

“As I sit here behind the stand waiting for Meg, I realize it is time. I have been pretty quiet, just praying a miracle would happen. Maybe there is a better plan for me. When I close my ice cream stand for the last time this Sunday, it will be for the last time. There is no longer a lease option for the property my business sits on. Yes, we have weighed every option out there. It’s too expensive to just move it. Yes, I have offered to buy said property. There are just no more options,” she wrote.

Middleton shared what it was like to be part of this family history that goes back to her late husband Tim Middleton’s parents Marilyn and Brax. The Middleton’s made this a destination spot for Dansville every summer. There are countless youths who owe this ice cream shoppe for their first summer job. Many who have fond memories of going on dates here with their sweethearts. Grabbing a hot fudge sundae, banana split, blizzard, root beer float, or milkshake.

Christine Middleton wrote about her fond moments in this famous ice cream shop.

“I walked into that place when I was 20 years old and it has been my life for 30 plus years. I am truly heartbroken. All I do now is pray for the grace to deal with this as needed. I love and appreciate all of you who have been so supportive. This is probably the hardest ‘Post’ button I have ever had to push. Love you all. In the future, all I ask is that if you have a chance, please support Brian Finn in Wayland and Ryan Regal in Mount Morris. Both are upstanding family friendly and all around good people. I hope they rock it.” She wrote.

It was hard for many to see these neon yellow words on a place they cherished for decades. PHOTOS BY JASMINE WILLIS

The future of the Middleton’s Frozen Custard building now rests in the hands of property owner, Scott Tracy. The property will be used for the village’s purposes going forward. As of now that is unclear.

We only hope for the sake of the history and the family traditions a part of Middleton’s Frozen Custard will live on forever.

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