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Rhodes has also continued supporting local activities like the summer reading program at the New Carlisle Library, and Impact Bethel.
From March through October Arrow Queen has been a mainstay of Little League players who stop at the place across the street after baseball games.
According to the owners, the Arrow Queen employees love it when classes from the nearby school take a walking field trip to the business.
Currently Arrow Queen has a long list of dip ice cream flavors, and soft serve. Sandwiches, salads, and snacks round out the menu. There are a variety of ways that the ice cream is served but one specific milk shake changed Rhodes life.
It was Donna Sebring’s birthday and Rhodes gave her a free milk shake to celebrate. Both had been students at Tecumseh, and discovered that they had many things in common, including loving Arrow Queen. Sebring had actually worked at Arrow Queen one summer before Rhodes began working there.
It was a match made in ice cream heaven.
“I like to say I married him for the ice cream,” said Donna Rhodes, “but that’s not true.
To this day they both have fun serving people milkshakes on their birthdays.
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This week however that big golden anniversary will be on Jason’s mind. On Sunday Sept. 8, there will be a special 50th Anniversary Menu. Arrow Queen will open at 1 p.m. At 4 p.m. the Tecumseh Marching Band will play, followed by a jazz improv band call “The Glems.”
Children’s activities like face painting and coloring pages will keep the little ones busy when they are not eating ice cream.
According to Donna, the business has been approached numerous times to replace the 50 year old sign, but they won’t consider it.
“You cannot get rid of something that has been a part of New Carlisle for so long. We have to keep it,” said Donna.
Jason and Donna still enjoy serving ice cream and watching the customer’s reaction.
“It’s hard to have a frown on your face when eating ice cream,” said Donna, “When you hand them their ice cream, there is sheer joy on their face.”
As Donna explained Jason and the folks at Arrow Queen love the community and appreciate its support over the years. They are looking forward to thanking the town at the celebration.
Arrow Queen opens at 1 p.m. and the celebration begins at 4 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m.