MT. PLEASANT — Those who spent the winter screaming for ice cream will be glad to know Mt. Pleasant’s Dairy Queen has officially reopened.
Kara Herman, the manager of the ice cream shop, said DQ always comes out of its seasonal hibernation the first week of February.
“It just works out. Hopefully it gets a little warmer around this time of year. That’s not always necessarily the case. It just works out after the holidays and gives us a little time,” Herman said.
Herman added that the owners have tried to stay open throughout the year before but it just didn’t work out and wasn’t worth staying open.
Currently, the DQ manager runs the ice cream shop with her husband and eight local students. Because many of her employees are in school, closing during the winter makes it convenient for everyone.
“We have one girl who plays basketball so it worked out for her season. We have a couple that are in the school play so we may not have a couple girls come back until we get a little more busy. So it’s nice for them because they get to participate in those activities and not worry about the work schedule,” Herman said.
This year, with the absence of a polar vortex, DQ has seen an uptick in business in just the first week.
“We have been a lot busier than normal at the beginning of the year,” Herman said, “I don’t know if people are just really excited or hoping for nice weather, I don’t know.”
The manager also said she frequently gets messages from residents the last week of January when she and her employees are spotted getting ready to reopen.
“People in Mt. Pleasant love ice cream. People get very excited and … they message us ‘When are you guys going to be open?’ so it’s good for us,” she said.