Friday, May 2

Demise of Martha's Dandee Cream?

Growing up, it was a generally known truth in the Glens Falls, Queensbury and Lake George area that the best soft ice cream around was to be found at Martha's Dandee Cream.

[I really need to find a photo of the giant rooster sign I seem to recall this place had.]

Martha's Dandee Cream is (was?) located across Route 9 from The Great Escape, formerly known as Storytown. The Great Escape was once owned by local rich guy Charles Wood. In the mid or late 90s, Wood sold the park, which eventually became part of the Six Flags family. I seem to recall it changed hands a few times, to Premier Parks, back to Wood, then to Six Flags, but Wikipedia doesn't seem to support this recollection.

Martha's ended up being purchased, if I understand and recall correctly, by Six Flags, or the entity that became or was absorbed by Six Flags. At some point there was a Martha's stand inside the park. Though I didn't have the opportunity to taste either in this time period, I've heard the quality at Martha's took a dive, and that the worthy successor to Martha's was Rob and Deb's, a place over on Dix Ave.

In this morning's Times Union, I read that Cold Stone Creamery is opening its 14th Six Flags location inside The Great Escape. What happened to Martha's? Is it still standing?

10 comments :

pendorbound said...

At least for the time being, Martha's is still physically there and still selling ice cream. Prices have gone up, quality down a bit, but still there and run by the nameless faceless overlords of the Six Flags conglomo....

There's another place across town (the name escapes me, but they're near your Dad's office if memory serves) which is run by the original owners of Martha's. New name, same great experience.

Andrew Badera said...

Interesting. Any idea if the Martha's stand or stands inside the park were still operating last season?

Bob said...

Thanks for the history of Martha's. We haven't been in years and found your blog when trying to find out if Martha's was still in business. Turns out they are still there and the ice cream was great. Portions HUGE, not sure if the prices are higher. We took a photo for you of Martha's. Let us know if you'd like us to email it to you to post.

Andrew Badera said...

hi Bob-

Pics would be great! My email is available from the bottom of the page, thanks!

martha said...

I too have photos of the rooster and the establishment - mostly b/c it's named after me, haha, j/k. I'm also wondering if they still have the t-shirt - "I Get My Licks at Martha's" - it'd be a great wedding present for my husband-to-be!

brunette28 said...

Marthas is now owned by the original owners son. All the prices have dropped and the quality of the ice cream is amazing now. Six Flags has no part in Marhas anymore. It is back and it is better then ever!

Andrew Badera said...

You know, I spotted that on the news this weekend. I'm going to have to stop in! :)

Andrew Badera said...

@martha haHA (sorry, missed this comment earlier.)

Laura said...

Martha's is open once more under local management and not Great Escape. Yumm!!

Andrew Badera said...

Good to know, thanks for the update Laura!