Coeur d'Alene's Roger's Ice Cream ReOpens - I Worked Here in the '70s for $1.60 an Hour!

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Coeur d'Alene's Roger's Ice Cream ReOpens - A Blast From the Past!

Roger's Ice CreamI'm not sure how long Roger's Ice Cream sat closed and for sale, except that it has been the entire time since I moved back to Coeur d'Alene last August.  Back in the early '70s, about 1972, it was where I earned my spending money after school at the newly increased minimum wage of $1.60 an hour.  At that time, it was Dari Delite. My first job, at the now non-existent Green Dolphin Floating Restaurant on the east end of Lake Coeur d'Alene, paid a measly $1.40.  $1.60 was SO MUCH MORE!

Last month, a buyer surfaced, paid $350,000 and a few weeks ago Roger's Ice Cream opened again.  Click here for the MLS information sheet.  My husband and I stopped by for a closer look and to sample their menu.  No more DD Bars or Big D burgers.  While Rick dug into a hand scooped ice cream treat, I sunk my teeth into the best turkey burger I have ever eaten! 

When I was a teenager, working at Dari Delite for Tom and Peggy Smith, I would get a glimpse of the action on Sherman, our town's main cruising drag, through the pass through window.  On really GOOD days, I would see that cute Canadian boy that had stolen my heart standing in the line.  For old times sake, we snapped pictures the other day.  A blast from the past.  It was 37 summers ago that Rick and I first looked at each other from this vantage point.  We all look a little different now - me, Rick and Dari Delite - but the good time just keep rolling along! 

Roger's Ice Cream

roger's Ice Cream

Janna Rankin Scharf provides a superior level of real estate services to home buyers and sellers in Coeur d'Alene and Kootenai County, Idaho. Visit www.JannaScharf.com to search for homes in the Coeur d'Alene MLS for anywhere in spectacular North Idaho.

No matter how grand or modest your real estate dreams may be, you can turn to me in confidence.  Give me a call today and let me know what I can do to be of service to you!

Janna Rankin Scharf, AB, GRI, CSP, CNS, CLHMS  208.651.9700  

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No matter how grand or modest your real estate dreams may be, you can turn to me in confidence.  Give me a call today and let me know what I can do to be of service to you!

Janna Rankin Scharf AB, GRI, CLHMS, PMN, SFR  208.651.9700

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Sharon Tara
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How fun to see this place back in business again!  The sandwich shop I worked in as a teen, my first job, closed many years ago and was torn down.  A strip mall is now in it's place so I will never have this experience.  I love that it looks retro.  Great post!  You should enter this post in the childhood memory contest. 

Jul 24, 2009 06:46 AM #1
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Caren Wallace
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Janna, what a lovely story! My favorite childhood ice cream stand is still in operation, but for the safety of my waistline I stay away from there!! LOL

Jul 24, 2009 07:29 AM #2
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Mary Douglas
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Hi Janna, I love the pics of you and Rick reliving your first look! What a wonderful post, I really enjoyed this.

Jul 25, 2009 09:24 PM #3
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I got my first job working for someone else at the International House of Pancakes in College Station, Texas, in summer 1974. They also paid $1.60 an hour. I was so excited to have that job that I worked my way up to manager. That was when I determined that I didn't want to be a restaurateur.

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ahh those were the days! In those days I worked as a nurse's aid for 1.25/hr....man that was tough work.........btw you guys look great!

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Those photos are adorable, Janna.  I'm sure that neither you nor your husband has changed that much in 37 years.  Thanks for sharing.

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