We’ve had a little trouble pinning down dates. But the Carolina Beach Dairy Queen was a landmark for local youngsters (and more than a few adults) back in the mid-1950s.
According to Babby Nivens of Britt’s Donuts — who used to buy treats there as a little boy — the Dairy Queen was located on Lake Park Boulevard (U.S. 421) almost exactly where the McDonald’s stands today. It was operated by Bob and Carol Lamb. Unlike modern Dairy Queen’s, it didn’t have a walk-in restaurant; instead, customers sidled up to the counter.
Eddie Capel of Durham, who spent plenty of summers at Carolina Beach and still owns property there, was another regular. “They also had a truck that cruised the beach, selling Dilly Bars and ice cream sandwiches, etc.,” Capel wrote. “I ate many of those Dilly Bars in my time.”
According to longtime resident Elaine Henson, who compiled a postcard history of Carolina Beach, the Lambs also operated a stand on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk called Lamb’s Corner, “where they sold ice cream, snowballs, hot dogs and short-order food.”
Photos of the old Carolina Beach Dairy Queen seem hard to come by, but Daniel Ray Norris, in Volume II of his “Carolina Beach: Images and Icons of a Bygone Era,” has a photo of a happy little girl in a ’50s vintage straw hat and swimsuit, clutching a Carolina Beach Dairy Queen coupon.
Date posted: May 10, 2012