Getting to know Donna – My First Job

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Today I’m bringing you back to when I was 16 – my first job, as waitress at a 50’s style restaurant .

Welcome to Shady Glen!

The ice cream cooler – We shined these ever single night with hot hot hot water! I blame that for my wrinkly hands!

Creepy little elves on the mural – they were actually repainted because of fading, but they are pretty much the same.

The ice cream flavor sign – the only thing that has changed are the prices.

This place has not changed in 45 years!

Shady Glen was featured on the Food Network The Best Thing I Ever Ate!

I took a picture of this specific seat because I remember one customer who always sat here. He came in at night and ordered a black coffee with sugar and the scallop platter. He was deaf and always wrote down his order on a notepad even though his order never changed. My favorite customer.

The Ice cream – Nothing like it! Creamy and perfect.

This is the view from our booth way in the back.


The waitresses wear “cute” little turquoise dresses with a ruffly apron. – yes I wore this, everyday!

The BURGER – This is the Bernice Burger!See that crispy stuff – yah, that’s cheese!

That’s what the burger is all about. Crispy cheese!

Close up of the cheese, just because!

My favorite Sundae — EVER!

Pumpkin Pie sundae. Pumpkin ice cream, caramel, pecans and fresh whip cream – delish!

The soda fountain. Yes a REAL soda fountain. we made all of the soda with soda syrup and seltzer water from the fountain. I fell in love with Ice cream sodas and cherry coke here!

The menu. It’s always been up on the walls.

When I started the price of a cheese burger was around $3.25 now they are $5.60 and worth every penny!

The milkshake machine and milk cooler. Milkshakes were $2.12… now they’ve got to be over $4 !

Love how vintage!

Every customer gets a tiny little cup of water when they sit down.

I also kept my tips rolled up in one of these under the counter when I was working!

The cooks – bowties and paper hats!


So there you have it! My first job. crispy cheese, pumpkin ice cream and an ageless restaurant!


Now I’m hungry. Shoot…

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  • Reply
    Courtney Lewis
    February 8, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I bet some of the staff were the same too! I hated those uniforms. They look cute until you have to wear them! Haha! Oh well. It was a good job and great memories. YUMMY food. You’re making me drool. So jealous!

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      February 8, 2011 at 11:49 am

      So true Court, those dresses are cute but not quite flattering when you’re wearing them. It was fun stopping in and seeing that nothing has changed. YES, so many of the employees are still there! Crazy!

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    Tammy aka @Tammy_Skipper
    February 8, 2011 at 11:40 am

    So cute!! I also worked at a little ice cream/sandwich shop as a teen…it wasn’t very clean though and I only lasted a couple weeks…the business only lasted a couple months after that 😉

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      February 8, 2011 at 11:48 am

      It was a super fun job and by far the cleanest place I’ve ever worked or dined. The standards they hold for their employees are super high which is why, I believe they are still so successful! I have this job to thank for my addiction to ice cream.

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    Jenny Yarbrough
    February 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Oh wow! That looks like a great place! How fun to have worked there!

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    February 9, 2011 at 12:28 am

    What a cute place! I want to be there right now!!!!

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