A Touch of Nostalgia at Lafayette’s Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe

Any American of my age or older undoubtedly remembers Borden’s dairy products, and their classic mascot, Elsie the Cow, her cheerful face sticking out of a sunflower. But I wasn’t at all prepared to encounter a Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe along Johnson Street near downtown Lafayette, Louisiana, and was even more surprised at its classic, vintage 1940’s look. Actually, the Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe was opened in Lafayette in 1940, and by some accounts was the first Borden’s retail outlet in the United States. Whether it was the first or not, there is no dispute about it being the last. Briefly owned by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, it was sold a few years ago to private owners who have restored it and who keep it operating.

Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe
1103 Jefferson Street
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 235-9291

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