Bittersweet goodbye as Ballard’s Ice Cream in Concord’s South End prepares to close for good
A South End staple of almost 40 years will be shuttering its doors next weekend. Ballard’s Ice Cream will serve its last cups, cones and sundaes on Sept. 7.
“It is really bittersweet to be closing the last of the Ballard’s Family businesses,” Doris and Norm Ballard wrote in a Facebook post earlier this week. “We will certainly miss seeing our wonderful customers, and would have hoped to keep the business going for many more years, but it’s time for us to take a break and start to enjoy life before it’s too late.”
On the last day of business, Norm Ballard plans to have a farewell party to say goodbye to the neighborhood where he’s dished out ice cream since 1980 and also a yard sale, where restaurant equipment and Ballard’s picnic tables, swings, chairs and the giant train set will be up for purchase, as well as personal items from the Ballard’s apartment above the shop……