Archive for Wednesday, November 24, 1999

Service station installs soda fountain

November 24, 1999

B&J Amoco is featuring a cool, new service ice cream. The service station last week broadened its horizons and opened a soda fountain.

The soda fountain will offer a variety of sweet treats, including banana splits, mudslides, sundaes, malts, shakes, sodas, floats, cones and dipped cones.

The fountain, which is on U.S. Highway 24-40 at Ridge Street, is open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The hours could change, depending on how well the business is received.

Jim Lambert is one of four people working the fountain.

"I'm the soda jerk," he said.

This older term for a soda fountain worker fits well with the antique soda fountain that Jim Gambrill, owner of B& J, purchased for $400 at an auction in Kansas City, Mo.

Lambert has worked on the service station side of the business for a year, and now he gets to see it from a different perspective.

"I get to meet lot more people," Lambert said. "I am definitely a people person."

The dr right now is nothing spectacular, just some white walls and necessary equipment. But, that won't be the case for long. Lambert said they are planning to decorate with a '50s theme.

Manager Terri Chop said they are looking for a variety of items from the 1950s as well as antique signs to spruce up the fountain area.

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