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GMA on the Road: Borden’s Ice Cream Shop

Posted at 7:32 AM, Nov 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-14 08:32:50-05

It’s a place that leaves an impression on all those who enter through its doors.

“Although businesses have a tendency to grow, I hope in thirty or forty years that you still get the same feeling that generations after generations have coming in.”

For Kackie Lerille, that impression inspired her to buy Borden’s Ice Cream nine years ago. And while most people would want to make changes to a business that’s been around for 40 years, Kackie did not.

She decided she wanted to keep the small ice cream shop on Johnston Street exactly as it was, how it has always been.

“We still do the things the way they did them in the 1940’s,” says Lerille. “Once you lose those Mom and Pops you’ll never get them back. There are so few of them left in the country.”

While Borden’s hasn’t made ice cream in over eight years, Kackie says there’s one flavor they just couldn’t let go of,  Golden Vanilla. It’s one of their most popular flavors and also one that the men and women working offshore can get regularly. Kackie says it’s a little taste of home while their away.

“I have it manufactured for me in a dairy up north that distributed through a distributor down south,” says Lerille. “The only ones that get to buy the Golden Vanilla are the offshore drilling companies. The guys working offshore in South Louisiana get Golden Vanilla on their rigs.”

So whether you’re a first time customer or someone who has been going in for decades, you can bet that the Borden’s you see today will be the same in year’s to come.