Saturday, April 28, 2012

Johnny Shar's Big Dipper

Johnny Shar's Big Dipper
10th Street (near intersection with Jefferson; across the street from Grave Creek Mound and Penitentiary)
Moundsville, WV

The grand opening for this amazingly unique place was on Monday, April 23, 2012. I happened to be across the street for a lecture at the Archaeological Complex, when the bright light and colorful sign drew me and my friends to the Big Dipper.

As soon as we entered, we were surrounded by neat antiques and collectibles, all fitting in with a carnival or amusement park theme. They even have a Fun House mirror!

In talking with one of the young ladies that works behind the counter, we learned that they have 32 flavors of ice cream, any of which can be made into a milk shake, and they also serve chili dogs or just plain hot dogs. She also informed us that the place had only opened 3 days before and that the owners were down at the other end of the counter.

That's when I met John and Sharon, the owners of this unique local business. They've been collecting antiques and collectibles for years, and decided to share them with the public by displaying them in their ice cream shop and also (eventually) in a mini-museum on the second floor. They have t-shirts for sale in the shop as well!



  1. I visited this place on July 6, 2012. I really enjoyed it. They had good ice cream and the coolest ice cream parlor. Will be going back for another visit or two

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