Last weekend I had a major blast from the past. A little piece of my childhood was brought back to life, all by taking one step inside a store. A store I spent more hours at during the summer than any other place. A store where my candy dreams came true.
And that store would be Dips Icecream Shop on Anna Maria Island.
This place has all the candy you can ever imagine. When we were kids we would grab our bikes and head over there for some good ice cream and candy. We would save and collect coins just to be able to go. We would sit at the counter and eat and talk to the workers for a while. And then back on the bikes and home we went.
I know mom probably had mixed emotions about the place. For one it got us out of her hair for a little while. But also we would be in sugar comas all weekend. We seriously loved that place.
Last weekend we walked in and I was taken back to those days. The candy cigarettes. The Baby Bottle Pops. The sour spray. The Fun Dip. And so so so much more. Walking in there was like being 8 again and living the life.
Oh if only I could be 8 again and ride my bike there every weekend (and not worry about the calories). It's always fun going back and reminiscing of the good times. Much of the island has changed some, but not Dips. It will always be the best hole in the wall ice cream shop there ever was.