Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Service Creamery on Clinton Avenue in South Lorain

I had never heard of Service Creamery at 3045 Clinton Avenue in Lorain before I saw this ad announcing the Grand Opening of its newly remodeled store. The ad appeared in the Lorain Journal on July 1, 1954 – 60 years ago today.

I assumed that the store was a Johnny-come-lately on the 1950s Lorain dairy scene, but I was wrong. Service Creamery had actually been around since the 1930s, when it first appeared in the city directory at that Clinton Avenue location.

The names originally associated with Service Creamery were Lorn Gulett and Albert Kohart. Albert Kohart's name would continue to be connected with the dairy well into the 1960s.

The business' motto as stated in the 1942 Lorain City Directory was, "A Modern Dairy, Our Service and Products Will Please You Too."

Near the end of the 1960s, the dairy changed hands, with the listings in the directory changing to La Puertoriquean Dairy (1968) and then to Gonzalez Food Market (1970). The building went vacant for a little, while until Daisy Ice Cream appeared in the books at that address in 1972. The following year, Clinton Market was the tenant, and it remained so into the 1980s.

Today the building is the home of Licha's, Inc., which offers both groceries and carry-out foods. Here's the link to its Facebook page.

The view last weekend

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