NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine (NEWS CENTER Maine) -- You're almost guaranteed to see a line at a dairy bar's window this time of year. Frederick's Dare-I-Whip and Restaurant in Norridgewock has plenty of experience with handling a busy summer crowd.

Edward Frederick opened the business in 1964. Two years later his wife Gloria came into the picture and has been by his side helping cook and serve ever since.

Edward and Gloria Frederick own and operate Frederick's Dar-I-Whip and Restaurant.
Edward and Gloria Frederick own and operate Frederick's Dar-I-Whip and Restaurant. 

She's the master of customer service and cooking. It's why the town of Norridgewock always looks forward to opening day in May.

"It's like home," said Denise Saucier, a frequent customer. "It's like home cooked food. Everything is home made the atmosphere is great as you can see."

Gloria isn't one to slow down, especially not for something like retirement. Edward however has had to cut back because of a stroke he suffered in April of 2017. The stroke effected Edward's movement in his right side, but not his speech. Gloria says he's come a long way with the help of physical therapy.

Edward and Gloria get asked a lot by customers if they have plans to sell, or retire. They may slow down a bit, but they can't see stopping now after 54 years of forming business and personal relationships with their customers.

"See the smiles on the children's faces when they come and they get their ice cream and meeting all the wonderful people that we have met over the years," said Gloria.

Mom and kid at Ice Cream Bar
Mom and kid at Ice Cream Bar 

Dar-I-Whip will be open for the season until October.