The Wake Forest Dairy Depot is now open. Owner Karrie Mathues, a former school teacher, says it is a typical mom-and-pop ice cream stand and sandwich shop. It is located in a train depot-like building above Rogers Road across from Heritage Elementary in Wake Forest.
Mathues' family owned a small ice cream shop in Circleville, Ohio, near Columbus. And she worked in ice cream stores while growing up. Mathues and her husband, Jim, an occupational therapist, have lived in North Raleigh since 1997. The couple saw a niche that could be filled with a "mom-and-pop" ice cream stand. The building offers walk-up service and has a drive-through.
"You don't have to off load all your kids if you just want a hot dog and a shake," Karrie Mathues says.
They offer 24 flavors of soft serve ice cream plus the classics, including twist cones, banana splits, cream soda floats and cherry Cokes. Their specialty sundaes include a Krispy Kreme sundae, Rice Krispie Treat sundae and an "Engine Spark" sundae with Pop Rocks.
To see the full menu, go HERE.
They are open 11 a.m.-9 pm. Monday-Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Their address is 3433 Rogers Road in Wake Forest.