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'End of era': Annette's Dairi Barn to close in SW Virginia

STEPHEN IGO, Kingsport Times News • Aug 30, 2018 at 11:10 AM

WISE, Va. — The street sign says it all: “End of Era,” it declares. “Last Week of Dairi Barn. Thank You For Your Support Last 55 Yrs.”

The family-owned business is turning off the grill and the milkshake machine and all the rest for good.

Glenn and Annette Belcher opened their little venture in the early 1960s and became a big part of the downtown business culture of the town of Wise.

Their daughter, Glennette Belcher Orender, kept the much beloved, iconic business going after the deaths of her father (1975) and mother (1996). She practically grew up in the business, as did her own children, for that matter. But it’s time for Glennette and family to put the period on the final sentence of a delightful family story.

“End of story,” said Glennette on Wednesday. “It’s gone.”

More about the Dairi Barn from the Kingsport Times News.

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