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Goodbye Old Friend – Frothy Top closes its doors

Contributing writer for The Canyon Weekly

Frothy Top fans will have to get their ice cream elsewhere as the popular roadside stop is retiring its scoopers permanently.

“As this year comes to an end, Frothy Top Roadside Stop would like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support over the past 11.5 years,” owner Dana Stutzman posted on Facebook on New Year’s Eve. 

Stutzman also thanked her “wonderful girls – Hannah, Cecily, Kylee, Ritas and Sarah – for all their scooping over the years. She said she couldn’t have run the business without them.

On Highway 22 on Kingdom Lane SE between Stayton and Mehama, the ice creamery was the place to stop for many on the way to Santiam Canyon destinations. Offerings included hand-scooped milkshakes, quarter-pound beef franks, Polish sausage dogs, and, of course, Umpqua ice cream.

“Frothy Top has always prided itself on service a huge scoop of premium ice cream for a low price, but unfortunately financially I can’t do that anymore,” Stutzman cited as her reason for closing. “I couldn’t sleep at night or probably wouldn’t even get enough business if I have to charge $10 a scoop.”

Stutzman called inflation a killer to many small business owners who “are just trying to make an honest living.”

“Thank you again for making my business a success and for all your support,” she said in her post. “I’ve been so very blessed to have made Frothy Top a landmark destination for so many people.” 

Reaction has been everything from “bummer” to “heartbroken” to “you will be missed terribly.”

Wendy Stone of Stayton told Stutzman she was “so, so sad to hear this news.”

“We’ll miss hopping in the shiny old car for a short trip to Frothy Top for ice cream cones in the summertime!” Stone said. “I hope wherever life takes you will be rewarding for you.”

Lisa Reedy commended her friend by saying, “You and your special little spot made lots of folks smile over the years! But I know there is a new adventure waiting for you!”

Wendy Lee Back called Frothy Top “a great little place,” and Teresa Longoria mentioned how sad she was about the closing, adding, 

“We were looking forward to visiting again as we did every spring and summer.”

“Man, we will miss you guys,” was Veronica Williams’ reaction to Stutzman’s announcement. 

Colleen Gulstrom posted that her husband, Troy, like so many others, loved the black licorice ice cream.

Ted Ferry called Frothy Top’s closing “a sad day for our family.”

“You all have been such a great place for us on our way home from the lake,” Ferry said. 

“You’ve been a blessing for us, and we wish all well with whatever the future holds.”

Stutzman responded to all the well-wishers, “I love you all, and feel so thankful to have met so many wonderful people and made some lasting friendships over the years.”

Stutzman is not quite sure what she will do but announced she will be “just fine.”

“I’m excited to see what’s next for me,” she said.

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