The folks at Everson’s Dairy/Corner Store are celebrating the business’ 50th anniversary — and the owner has been around for just about the entire half-century.
“I’ve been here 47 years, and I am here every day,” said 80-year-old Don Case, who still goes to work every morning. “I saw my doctor yesterday, and he looked at my numbers and told me, ‘You gotta keep doing what you’re doing.’ My doctor says keep working.”
Case’s father, Burrall, bought the Kendall Street location — it was a true dairy back then — in October 1969. Burrall, who had a dairy farm and milk plant behind the family home in Canandaigua and another dairy in Manchester, didn’t need Everson’s as a dairy so he turned it into a small grocery store that mainly sold milk, beer, and cigarettes. In fact, Don Case said the closing papers were signed Oct. 31, making today the true 50-year anniversary.
Burrall Case oversaw the store at first; his son, Mark, largely ran the business. When Mark left to focus on running a convenience store in Canandaigua, Don took over operations in Clifton Springs.