“Say hello to Gus!”
What’s up with the manatee? And, who is Gus? Well, we’re originally from South Florida, and we had manatees swimming behind our house in Lake Worth. They are wonderful creatures, magnificently ugly and beautiful at the same time. One day, on our way back home from a trip to Big Pine Key, we stopped and purchased a manatee mailbox. He was so cute that we called him Gus. We dressed him up with different outfits and hats depending on the season and his mood. Gus stood outside our home in Lake Worth for many years until he met with a tragic end at the hands of neighborhood hooligans. When we were discussing a name for the ice cream shop, it suddenly came to Ann that it had to be called “Gus’ Best,” and that the Gus mailbox needed to have a starring role. We went online and found the shop in the Florida Keys selling the mailboxes and purchased another Gus. He now sits outside Gus’ Best Ice Cream dressed according to the season and his mood. He also thinks that Shave Ice is the most delicious thing on the whole dang planet. The sandstone wall on the south side of Gus’ Best is representative of the sandstone construction in Hot Springs. The entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places because of its beautiful sandstone architecture. HeartSong Quilts’ building was constructed in 1902. The lean-to was added 23 years later, and has at various times housed snack shops, bars, and other businesses. It is now the proud home of Gus’ Best Ice Cream.
We stopped here for ice cream on vacation. We were served by the owner and his son and they were super friendly. Ice cream was delicious and the home-made waffle cones were even better.
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