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An Important Announcement About Jack Frost Dairy Bar

"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven," says Ecclesiastes 3:1.

For the past 66 years in McDowell County, one of the signs of spring has been the opening of Jack Frost Dairy Bar, but Jack Frost will not be opening this spring.Owers Jim and Connie Burgin have made the difficult decision to close the family business. They are retiring.

Why would anyone choose to close a successful business, some may wonder? The short answer is, it is simply time.

Jim's grandfather, J.G. Burgin, started the family ice cream business in 1954 as something to do in his retirement after working as an electrician. Through the years the family made ice cream the same way J.G. Burgin did, preparing the ingredients for flavoring the ice cream and hand-stirring each batch. This ensures a very high-quality, delicious ice cream, but makes it complicated to do and very time and work intensive.

Last season, Jim and Connie made ice cream Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in order to have enough ice cream for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the three days Jack Frost was open during the pandemic. Demand for Jack Frost ice cream was that high. Days when the business was open they worked about 15 hours per day, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Days that they made ice cream they worked 8 to 10 hours per day.

This schedule was especially hard for Jim as he recently turned 72 years old. Father Time has caught up with Jim and he is no longer able to keep up with the demands of the business. Unfortunately no one can come in and replace him and his 40-plus years of experience dealing with the unique challenges Jack Frost presents.

Jim and Connie are very thankful to God for the success of their business. They acknowledge and are grateful for the wonderful employees they have had through the years. Many teens had their first job at Jack Frost, something that makes them particularly proud. Finally they are thankful for the support of their customers and community,

Jim and Connie say sincerely, "You all made the business the success it became. Thank you!"