October 23, 2021

Footie’s owner purchases Homer ice cream store

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

Jaxsen, left, and Dave Baker take advantage of 63-degree weather Thursday to get some ice cream at Super Cream Dairy Bar in Homer. The shop was recently purchased by the owner of Footie’s Freez in Cortlandville.

Cookie dough, mint chocolate chip or whatever your favorite flavor of ice cream is at Super Cream Dairy Bar in Homer — new ownership won’t mean removing any ice cream flavors though new foods will be coming to the menu, shop manager Sheena Mason said Thursday.

Mason’s father, Robert Thilburg, who owns Footie’s Freez in Cortlandville, purchased and took possession of Super Cream in February, said Julie Dann, the former owner of Super Cream Dairy Bar.

Dann declined to comment on cost of purchase but said after owning the store for at least 18 years, it was time to get out of the food industry.

“It was just time for me to move on,” she said.

Mason said the decision to purchase came from the desire to expand ownership of ice cream stores around Cortland. The decision had been a few years in the making as Dann spoke with Mason and Thilburg about retiring.

“I’m excited,” Mason said. “It’ll be a learning curve to have two businesses.”

While there will be new ownership, Mason said Super Cream will keep all its flavors.

Additionally, changes will come with new food items such as fried dough fries, deep-fried cheese curds and Philly cheese steak sandwiches.

A lot of the same staff from last year will be returning, too, she said.

Dann said selling the business to Thilburg was a good one because they had each owned their ice cream stands for about the same amount of time.

“We just feel like we’re leaving it in good hands,” Dann said.

She also said she hoped people will understand and respect the acquisition of Super Cream.

“Now that they own both locations, they can take locations to a whole new level as far as I’m concerned,” Dann said.

The two stores will still remain separate entities, serving different audiences, Mason said. Footie’s Freez gets more SUNY Cortland students while Super Cream tends to get more families.

Those looking to get their ice cream fix can head over to Super Cream as it opened for daily service Wednesday, Mason said.

Footie’s Freez will open April 1 or potentially sooner, depending on the weather.