Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Super Kream Grand Opening – June 26, 1954

June 25, 1954 Lorain Journal ad
As a Lorain West Sider, I didn't get out to South Lorain too muc, except for when my mother took us shopping at Hill's Department Store or Pic-way Shoe Mart. But I'm sure you old-timers from that part of town will remember the store in the ad above: Super Kream.

The ice cream stand was located on the northeast corner of Grove Ave. (Route 57) and E. 31st Street, and had its Grand Opening exactly 59 years ago today.

According to the city directories, it seemed to survive at 3029 Grove Avenue until around 1966, when it apparently became Hanna's Drive-in. But the following year, it appears that a brand new Lawson's replaced it.

The Lawson's store and a Sohio service station co-existed on that corner until the 1990s. By then, the Lawson's had become a Dairy Mart. But the Dairy Mart disappeared from the directory after its address was listed as a 'no return' in 1992 and as 'not verified' in the 1993 book.

Today a massive BP station and store sit on the spot with no evidence that Super Kream ever was there. But I'm sure Super Kream lives on in the memories of the neighborhood kids who enjoyed the refreshing treats served up there from 1954 to 1965 or so.

I'm guessing Super Kream was located just north of the current BP station at Grove and E. 31st 


-Alan D Hopewell said...

I remember the place, but never knew the mame; thanks, Dan!

Tony said...

More recently, in the 90s and maybe early 2000s, wasn't there also an ice cream place on the other corner, across 31st? I remember seeing a large sign on the side of the brick building, which may still be there. Around the same time there was also briefly an ice cream stand in Oakwood Park that I remember as having a pretty good variety of flavors. The Morning Journal did a story on it at some point, but I don't think it lasted.