This is The Woodshop of Avon, at 3918 Sunnyside Road. Even if you've never been inside, you no doubt have noticed it, if you're a patron of the Convention Grill. The Woodshop is just west of the Convention, with the parking lot in between.
Compare the modern Google image above with this undated photo below when the Dennisons ran the Westgate Dairy store here.
And here's what the building looked inside when Elmer and Gerry Dennison owned it. As you can see, they sold a variety of groceries, not just dairy products.
The dairy store originally was located inside the Convention Grill building. I heard from several people disputing that fact after I wrote that the Convention opened with the dairy store in the east half of the building (where the current mirrored dining room is now.)
Not to gloat or anything, but here's the proof. The Westgate Dairy Store sign hangs outside the Convention. Morningside Hardware (with the sign visible in the background) is just to the east. If you look carefully, you can see the reflection of the Westgate Theater marquee in the store's window.
And here is an Ives Dairy truck making deliveries at the rear of Convention Grill. (Okay, maybe I'm gloating a little bit, but I also readily admit when I'm wrong.)
We have several photos of the store donated by the Dennison family, but I didn't find much more about the family or the business in an initial sweep through the files. I'll dig a little deeper as I have time, but I'd love to talk to the family of Elmer and Gerry Dennison to find out more.about this little Morningside business. If you know where I can find them, or can share any memories, please
comment here or email me.
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