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The ice cream stand on Greenville Road in Johnston has been around since the 1950′s. Now known as Bacconi’s Lickety Split, they’re serving up ice cream and more, with a twist.
Owner Abbey Bacconi, who has owned the shop since 2008, and her late husband Douglas made a pledge to source what they could locally.
So the beef they use for hamburgers and chili sauce actually comes from 4H club. When that runs out they go to a farm right down the road.
“We think there’s something said for supporting a former employee, someone who lives in the community and I just think the beef is better and I think most people who’ve tried it would say the same,” Bacconi said.
The ice cream used in their cones, milkshakes and malts is also sourced close to home. The soft serve ice cream is brought in from across the state line at Dean’s Dairy in Sharpville.
Milk, vanilla ice cream, cherries and chocolate mixed together made a milk shake for David Robison on a recent day.
He’s lived in Texas for the past three years but said when he visits, he needs to stop by the stand that’s always been around.
“You can count on it,” Robinson said. “You know it’s quality. You have the franchises that are here but this is more local, like homemade ice cream and you can’t beat it.”
Bacconi, a former teacher, said she didn’t have much experience in the food industry. But she said she’s glad she made the investment and is thankful to see her small business continue to grow.
“We’ve tried to do some things new each year and tried to learn what worked and what didn’t and it’s been really good actually,” Bacconi said.