|The original Mrs. Story's Dari Delite
This is the Opelika Christmas ornament for 2013 available at
the Southern Crossing on Railroad Avenue in Opelika...
Sixty one years ago on May 5, 1952 Dan &
Annie Story opened the first 'Dari Delite' in Opelika. It was located on the highway in the old mill area....better
known as 'Five Points'.
Dan & Annie both worked at the Pepperell mill. Dan had made a trip out
west to visit his sister and saw a Dari Delite. After returning home, he decided he would make use of the property
he owned on the highway and open his own.
Although he was unable to get a loan of $5,000.00
to start his business from the Opelika banks, he didn't give up and went to the Auburn National Bank and was granted
a loan. His dream of owning his own business became a reality!
Charlie Harris and M.L. Smallwood started
a tradition of bringing the village boys for a treat after each baseball game. Eventually Opelika teams came and it
became a regular thing. Cora Fullerton Reames says "The Pepperell boys were always very well behaved"....
Back in the early days, the Dari Delite was kept open until after 11:00pm for mill workers to stop by & eat after their
Today that loan made by the Auburn bank turned out to be a very successful business and is currently
being operated by a fourth generation family. It is still a thriving business!
This Christmas ornament
being offered as this year's entry is very special to Cora...she says "It has more meaning to me because my grandparents
**Note: At some point over the years, the name was changed to Mrs. Story's Dairy