Dresden takeaway to open an ice cream shop
The owners of Dresden Take Out, at 537 Gardiner Road, plan to open an ice cream shop in the church building next to their convenience store and restaurant.
Mason and Kathy Dubord discussed their plans with the Dresden Planning Board on Monday April 19 to open Country Church Ice Cream and Collectables in June.
The town planning council approved the additional use of the building at 541 Gardiner Road with five votes in favor and one abstention.
Planning Board Chairman Jeff Pierce abstained from voting because he is selling the property to the Dubords. He said they would take possession of it on May 28.
Pierce said after the meeting that he and his wife, Ann Pierce, had run an antique and collectibles store out of the building for 20 years.
Kathy Dubord said the ice cream shop will be a seasonal business. The Dubords plan to sell ice cream through a window on the side of the church facing the Dresden Take Out. The shop will also continue to sell antiques.
“The ice cream shop will provide jobs for children in the community,” said Kathy Dubord.
Pierce said the building was built in 1831, had historic tin ceilings from a 1920s renovation, and previously served as a temperance hall. He said the building was moved across the Eastern River from a location on Common Road in 1881 by “seven teams of oxen and 10 good men”.
Shari Lily, secretary of the planning board, said the building was at one time the home of the Dresden Community Church in a telephone interview on Wednesday April 21.
Dresden Take Out opened in 2014. The Dubords bought the store two years later when they revamped the food menu and added a bakery to the store.
In October 2017, the Dubords added fishing and hunting essentials, including firearms and ammunition, to Dresden Take Out, due to the activities’ popularity among the store’s customers.