DeSoto Pharmacy of Lake City, We hardly Knew You

We just got the sad news that a week to the day after we visited the DeSoto Pharmacy and Soda Fountain that they have closed the soda fountain for good. We are very very sad about this. Their service was nice, and this means that 55 years of history is gone. We're still here trying to keep the tradition alive, but the places we have been learning from may not be around much longer without your business. Make sure you eat at that local place if you can instead of the chain store, Play attention to groups like Locally Owned Tallahassee, and help keep our local places and history alive.
Known losses of the past year or two: Perry Florida, High Springs Florida.
In the mean time we'll keep on trying to find the surviving soda fountains, learn what we can off them, help them learn what they may have forgotten, and we will tell you about them. If you know of any surviving soda fountains in the region (We know of Izzo's, Apalachicola, and Wakulla Springs) let us know.

Zen:Ice Cream Headache

Desoto Pharmacy in Lake City Florida

This is the first installment of Travels with Greg. Greg, the Owner of Lofty Pursuits has become obsessed with soda fountains, and has started his journey to find every good vintage and modern fountain he can get to and visit them. The first of these is the Desoto Pharmacy in Lake City, Florida.

Back in the day, soda fountains were full lunch counters found in Pharmacies in every town across the country. A pharmacy back then was like now, more than just drugs. In many places it was the dry goods store, the only restaurant and the only place to go out for desert.
The Desoto pharmacy is a grand example of this. It is divided about half and half into a soda fountain and a working pharmacy. While not at their original location, they did move their vintage Knight Fountainette, and marble soda fountain counter. These marble counters were standard in the 40's, and theirs is in wonderful condition. Soda fountains of the time tried to out do each other in the materials they built the counters and equipment out of. The Knight Fountain is clearly a later addition, but this counter is from a time where quality of materials mattered.

I had a very good milkshake, but their lunch offerings were worth the trip. I had a great Turkey Apple Mustard sandwich, and my wife Sarah had a great burger. It was clearly worth the trip. I liked how they used glassware to serve the shake like we do at Lofty Pursuits, and they have a nice collection of vintage photos documenting the history of this long lived pharmacy.
They have a face book page if you want to follow them, so next time you are over in Lake City, or just driving to I-75 or Jacksonville, stop in for lunch. Get the Turkey and Apple sandwich, trust me.

Fan Photos

We love when people post photos of our creations. This photo was posted by JK, and is of our toffee and turvey sundae.
This sundae is made from Caramel Toffee Crunch ice cream with hot butter caramel topping and crushed heath bars with vanilla whipped cream.

Zen: Four cones

Just for Fridae. Come in an enjoy our ice cream sandwich.

Milk, the secret ingrediant

Every time I pick up a bottle of our Ocheesee creamery milk, I think I'm about to star on the Iron Chef, and it's the secret ingredient.
As you probably know by now, we try to commit to as local food as we can get, and the milk and cream we use for our whipped cream and milk shakes are no exception. Our Dairy comes from Bluntstown, and is delivered on Fridays by the farmer himself.
Now I can hear you say, I get good milk at the supermarket, what makes this milk different? This milk is pasteurized at low temperature. Most commercial milks are brought almost to a boil for 30 seconds, and then quickly cooled off. This milk is brought up to 147 degrees and kept there for three hours. It takes longer, but provides the same food safety as the high temperature method, but without breaking down all the proteins that make a milk shake smooth and creamy. The milk is also not homogenized. Just look at that cream on the top of the bottle. The proteins and milk solids are left alone, and this makes a better milk shake. Their cream is made the same way, and it's the secret of our amazing whipped cream. Of course all this milk comes from grass fed local Jersey cows and they are known for their amazing cream and milk.
So come to Lofty, have a Milk Shake (it has this milk in it and this cream on top) or just a cup of coffee with cream, or a Sundae topped with whipped cream, and you will taste why we go the extra mile for this milk. At a soda fountain, the ice cream must be the best, but so must everything else.
See you at Lofty Pursuits. Open until 10pm every day but Sundae, on Sundae we're open until 8pm.
P.S. Our party room is now available for rental and group use. Have you next party or gathering at Lofty Pursuits.

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