Our Love Affair with All Things Sweet
We each have our own childhood memories of the local sweet shop, whether those memories take us to Vicksburg, Fulton, or Scotts.
This representation of the sweet shops we’ve all loved pays special tribute to Doris and Leland Weick. They operated Doris-Lee’s Sweet Shop, once located at 103 East Prairie St., from 1944 unil 1993. Doris and Lee purchased Herman Faust’s combination newsstand, candy and cigar store in 1944.
They made their own ice cream, and had one of the best bulk candy counters in town. Vicksburg’s love affair with ice cream may well have started with Robert Baker’s drug store (pictured left) in the late 1880’s, as that’s when it first became commonly available to the general public.
But we don’t know for sure. We do know, however, that before mechanical refrigeration became common, making ice cream in any quantity required lots of ice, something Vicksburg had in abundance, thanks to Sunset Lake.