Popular ice cream shop looking for new owners to take over

NOW: Popular ice cream shop looking for new owners to take over

MISHAWAKA Ind., — A popular ice cream shop in Mishawaka is looking for new ownership! Dari Fair went viral not too long ago on social media for their turtle ice cream cones, but after nearly two decades, the owner is ready to retire the business.

“My son was 11 years old, and his bus came past here on the way home and he came home and said mommy the Dari Fair is for sale and we need to buy it. And so, we came down and looked at it and bought it and it was the best decision I ever made,” said current Dari Fair Owner Dawn Shupert.

The Mishawaka community staple has been run by Shupert for the last 18 years.

“It’s been around for probably 70 years or 60 years total,” she said. “It was a very hard decision. I have met the best people through here, some of them are now going to be lifelong friends, so I’m excited.”

After nearly two decades of serving up creamy cones, Coney dogs, and more, Shupert said she’s ready to hand it off.

“I got married a little over a year ago and I also have a six-year-old daughter and I really would like to spend time with them. I figure after 18-years it’s time to let somebody else have the fun.”

The community staple has been satisfying sweet tooth’s for years and folks ABC57 spoke with said the service is big part of why they always come back for more.

“Probably my whole life ever since I was young this was the spot to be during the summer. The staff is definitely really welcoming,” said long-time customer Allison Kuc.

“This place is packed in the summer time,” added Ronald Alan Eash who owns a Resale business next door.

Although the shop is currently undergoing some renovations Shupert and customers alike said they hope the new owners still don’t shake things up too much.

“To me it’s very special. So I’m really hoping whoever buys it wants to keep it dari fair, that’s why I’m offering to train them for the business and everything,” explained

The shop has been closed this season for renovations after a pipe burst in January, but said it hops to be up and running by the end of June.

Shupert is asking for $500,00 dollars for Dari Fair, which includes equipment and recipes.

Shupert made this post on Facebook Wednesday morning putting a call out to the community to step up and keep running the summer shop.

She said she’s already received some interest. You can also reach out to her directly on Facebook if you’re interested.


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