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May 2014

A Sweet Story

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How a retired couple became the proprietors of a neighborhood ice cream parlor

By Geri L. Dreiling

The tale of Tower Grove Creamery is a sweet story.

David and Beulah Ann McCreery own the Tower Grove Creamery, located on the corner of Arsenal and Grand in St. Louis. Beulah Ann is a retired second grade school teacher. David was an underwriter in the insurance business. For 30 years, they've owned the commercial building that houses Tower Grove Creamery. Other well known tenants in building include Mokabe's Coffeehouse and Dunaway Books.

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Fountain at Tower Grove Park.

By Geri L. Dreiling

“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time” 
― T. S. EliotSelected Essays

Once upon a long time ago, when I was a kid growing up in Kansas, one of my favorite things to do was to go exploring. I'd head outside with my sister. We didn't know exactly where we were going. We had no idea what we might find. There was no formal agenda. We just hoped that we might stumble upon something surprising.

We'd trek through our backyard -- and the yards of all of our neighbors. In those days, there were no fences separating the homes. One backyard blended with all of the others, creating a massive field dotted with trees and ringed on the outer perimeter by houses.

As explorers, we discovered a variety of treasures: A broken bird's egg, the color of Tiffany blue, with a ragged gash down the middle. We witnessed nature's drama when we encountered a baby bird, out of its protective nest and flailing alone on the ground. We never knew if it would figure out how to fly before a predator pounced.

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I enjoyed an enlightening dinner with my daughter last night. I learned that there is a new phrase for fun that teens are using.

"Turn up," she said.

"T-u-r-n-u-p  or  t-u-r-n-i-p?" I asked.

"It isn't something you eat," she said. "Turn up. Really, turnip?"

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