DAYTON, YARMOUTH COUNTY, NS – Keir Anthony was all smiles as he handed around the previous Yarmouth Creamery Ltd. glass milk bottle, a wood milk crate, and a photograph from the corner’s past to his before long-to-be former Dayton neighbours Troy Lawrence and his spouse Sonia Park Lawrence.
The parting presents made them smile much too.
Anthony required to share a bit of the area’s earlier record with them as he reported goodbye.
Given that 2006, Anthony experienced run his business enterprise – K. Anthony’s Landscaping and Snow Elimination – from this place along Route 1 in Dayton, Yarmouth County.
In a lot more modern decades, it has sat along with the Honey Bee’s cafe and ice cream parlour, which has noticed substantially enlargement in modern yrs.
Anthoney is shifting to a new place – the former R.K. Muise Motors residence that straddles the Arcadia-Enjoyable Lake border on Route 3 in Yarmouth County.
The Dayton constructing his enterprise has been housed in is getting demolished.
It was old, getting old and in need to have of much get the job done.
The residence it sits on has been procured by the Lawrences, who say it will assist them incorporate much-needed parking to their at any time-growing and ever-growing Honey Bee’s small business.
Something previous, a thing new
Demolishing the building – with its iconic brick chimney – will improve the landscape of this corner, acknowledges Anthony, who also notes the earlier historical past affiliated with this place.
Again in the early element of the 1900s, the spot turned the location of the previous Yarmouth Creamery Ltd. enterprise.
It was aspect of that history that Anthony preferred to share with the owners of Honey Bee’s so it can carry on to stay on.
“My father started accumulating milk bottles decades back, we do have a pair of Yarmouth Creamery bottles. I’m giving one to them that they can screen if they’d like to,” he stated.
“I also have a photograph of the old Yarmouth Creamery creating – the creating that was there right before the making as it is now – with some old horses and carriages in front of it, and milk and cream cans.”
Anthony had the black and white photograph blown up significant as a keepsake for the Lawrences, who had been incredibly humbled and appreciative.
‘My dad’s collection’
Anthony informed the Lawrences about his selection of outdated milk bottles that he’s been collecting in excess of the decades.
It was a selection that was began by his father Wendel, after his father was offered some bottles from Francis Cook from what had been Cook’s Dairy.
“Back in the day, dairy farming was substantial. When dad passed away, I took above his selection,” Anthony said.
“His objective was to get each individual Nova Scotia milk bottle that experienced its identify on it. Prior to he handed, he had most. I have been ending it. The assortment has developed to just about anything Nova Scotia milk, specially from Yarmouth.”
Anthony said he is observed several bottles at lawn sales, antique profits, estate gross sales, etc.
Meanwhile, like milk and cream, his building’s ideal ahead of day had passed.
Anthony understood the land could be of use and benefit to the Lawrences and Honey Bee’s.
“The making was certainly likely to will need maintenance function coming up in the subsequent handful of several years. I realized they essential extra parking,” he said. “If I ever went by my shop on a Friday or Saturday evening there were being clients parked all close to my shop to go take in at their institution, which I didn’t head.”
“We desperately require parking,” stated Troy Lawrence, declaring their organization has viewed substantially expansion in latest years. “Inside we have seating capability of 75. And then our deck is 50 and out entrance is an additional 35 to 50. Persons applied to generate by and if they saw the parking area comprehensive, they’d hold driving due to the fact they claimed, ‘You appeared far too hectic.’”
But the organization itself could accommodate more individuals than its parking area authorized for.
In new many years the creating that housed Anthony’s organization experienced also rented out portion of its place to a area boxing club. But that club closed months in the past.
The R.K. Muise Motors area that he’s relocating to experienced closed in March. The proprietors of the previous garage mentioned they couldn’t hold the modest organization operating any for a longer time. Credit score card charges coupled with bigger gas charges were being leaving very small profit margins for the business enterprise.
Anthony experienced advised the house owners years previously if they ever did close, he’d be fascinated in the assets.
The demolition of Anthony’s making was slated to start out on the early morning of Tuesday, April 12.
Meanwhile, Anthony has just barely settled into his new area, but claimed he’s busier than at any time. Ever since the COVID pandemic started there is been substantial need from the general public for landscaping needs.
He mentioned his decades in Dayton – not significantly from his family’s Dayton Fruit and Greens business – were being good, but he’s psyched to have a new residence for his company.
As for his milk bottle selection, he was content to share a piece of it with the Lawrences, as he proceeds to operate on expanding what his father started out.