Urbana pizzeria buys local ice cream shop

After 36 years of serving ice cream to the Urbana community, the Dairy Corner has a new set of owners.

Ken and Teri Jarboe, owners of Sparky’s Pizzeria, 644 Scioto St. in Urbana showed interest in the Dairy Corner after they recognized the previous owners, Bob and Robin Turner looked “worn out.”

Ken told Bob that if they ever wanted to sell the Dairy Corner, they should sit down and talk. Robin explained that the night before, she and her husband sat down and came to the conclusion that “it was time to sell.” That was about a year ago.

“Something had to change because we couldn’t physically or mentally work open to close, 7 days a week, 6-9 months a year,” said Bob.

The Turners, announced the change of ownership on Aug. 23 via Facebook.

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On Sept. 2, the Dairy Corner began moving equipment to Sparky’s to have an “express menu” with their most popular items. The “express menu” is available the rest of the year offering chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, shakes/malts, sundaes, flurries, banana splits, vanilla soft serve, and gourmet frozen treats.

After a week of operating the “express menu,” shakes are still the number one item sold at the Dairy Corner.

“People are very excited that they’re going to be able to get their (Dairy Corner’s) wonderful products for the entire winter,” Ken said.

During the first week of January 2020, Sparky’s will move next door and the other side of the building will be redesigned for the Dairy Corner.

“We are going to put in some drive-thru windows,” said Ken. “Everything that is currently at the Dairy Corner and what was served at the Dairy Corner, when we open for the season in 2020 is all going to be here.”

Dairy Corner’s menu is filled with secret recipes and ingredients that the Turners have passed along to the Jarboes. The products will not change including the prices, Ken said.

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The Dairy Corner’s employees have also moved to Sparky’s and are a great addition to the team, according to the Jarboes.

“They are top-notch,” Ken said. “We already have some young people that are already making pizza; they have already made the transition.”

Sparky’s Pizzeria has a large dining area where customers are able to gather. This offers new opportunities and experiences for Dairy Corner customers coming to Sparky’s.

“We want to continue the legacy that Bob and Robin have created,” Ken said. “We did not want to see another one of our great, local businesses go by the wayside.”

The Dairy Corner’s hours will follow Sparky’s schedule 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. They are closed on Sundays. For more information, call Sparky’s Pizzeria at 937-484-8000.

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