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March 7, 2014

Mom & Pop's in New Albany to open for 29th year

Many thought ice cream shop would close after last year

NEW ALBANY — If you thought you would never again be able to eat a Fuddy Duddy or Fuzzy Wuzzy sundae, or a  hamburger and milk shake topped with real whipped cream, well think again.

Despite rumors of its demise, Mom & Pop's Cone Corner, 1817 Graybrook Lane, New Albany, is ready to open for its 29th season March 13, according to owner Bob Hornung. That is unless the polar vortex decides to visit Southern Indiana one more time.

Rumors began to circulate toward the end of last season that 2013 would be Mom & Pop's last. The ice cream shop closed for the season Sept. 15, and word was rampant on social media that Hornung would not reopen. The owner said he is still trying to sell the property, but until then, he will continue to operate Mom & Pop's.

“My daughter tried to help me and put on Facebook Sept. 15 that if you want something from Mom & Pop's you better get it because we were closing,” Hornung said. “I thought what the heck, I have been doing this for 28 years, had a good run, I will just sell the property. There were a couple of possibilities but we didn’t sell it so we are getting ready to open next week.”

Hornung, a teacher at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, said he hasn’t had a vacation in 28 years and at 64, said he is ready to take one. But he is committed to the 2014 ice cream season. Mom & Pop's will be open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 1 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Hornung said when he opened the business his mom and dad helped with the daily operations. However, they have both passed away which adds to his already busy workload. He said he employs six to seven workers. He also said there are “80 unique items” on his menu.

Hornung said he has always operated Mom & Pop's like an old-fashioned ice cream stand. He said he only sells quality products, “doesn’t cut any corners” and tries to greet everyone with a smile.

“Since October every place I go people ask me why I closed and how much they will miss the place. They want to know what we are going to do with it. It’s pretty humbling,” he said.

Hornung said he has never been one to use social media, and has always run Mom & Pop's the old fashion way. He said he does not accept credit cards and doesn’t have a drive-thru window. He said three years ago he was urged that if he was going to continue he would have to get with the computer age. But he decided against it.

“I woke up one morning and said I am not going to do it. It’s not who I am,” he said. “I don’t even have a computer at home. I decided to just keep doing what I was doing and see what happens. I know when it will be time to quit.”

But there will be no quit this season. The for sale signs are coming down and Mom & Pop's is gearing up for season No. 29.

“I don’t really know when I will sell,” said Hornung as he looked around his business. “I am just so appreciative of the support the community has given me. This place is just so unique. I know it’s going to end some time but for me to sell it would have to be to the right person.”

 

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