Gastonia Past

Pennsauken, NJ

#1 Mar 19, 2009
#2 Tonys IceCream 40's or 50's
Keith Rearden

United States

#3 Jul 12, 2009
I used to go there in the 70's and 80's.

BEST ICE CREAM!!
I disagree

Gastonia, NC

#4 Jul 13, 2009
Keith Rearden wrote:
BEST ICE CREAM!!
I know this is only my opinion, but I disagree. When I first moved here with my wife in 99 all she talked about was how good Tony's ice cream is. Well, after a few years I finally had a chance to eat some and I was not impressed. Maybe it is being made differently now then when she was a child, but I would not mind if I never ate it again. Just tasted average to me.

This isn't written to degrade anybody, or put anybody down. This is justs my stated opinion.
Remshaw

Concord, NC

#5 Aug 31, 2009
When writing about Tonys they never mention the founder Tony Jenetta.
Keith Rearden

United States

#6 Oct 28, 2009
In response to "I disagree", it may not be as good as it use to be. I have not eaten there in 20 years.
Muhammad Bizel

Polkville, NC

#7 Oct 31, 2009
Gastonia is a redneck mill town. You can keep your F....icecream!!!
Millboy

Murfreesboro, TN

#8 Jan 16, 2010
Muhammad Bizel wrote:
Gastonia is a redneck mill town. You can keep your F....icecream!!!
F... you!!! Your name says it all!!!
Vanessa

Rockville, MD

#9 Apr 8, 2010
I was born and raised in Gastonia my family moved to Philly when i was 16 . i remeber tony's ice cream it was a sunday favorite. I still go by there whenever i visit home and i take my kids and tell them the stories of my child hood.
vanessa, PA
Vanessa

Rockville, MD

#10 Apr 8, 2010
does anybody know where i can get pictures of old gastonia from the 1950's-1970 I'm particularly looking for pictures of the old lightner Cab company, the dairy bar and the old Highland elementary School if you can help me please e-mail me at [email protected]
thank you
Joe Black

Shelby, NC

#11 Jan 5, 2011
Tonys ice cream is the real stuff unlike the junk you get at the fast food places. I believe the other person had bad taste buds LOL. The only other ice cream i rember was Sunrise Dairy and i believe Sunkiss they where all great.
cleansweep

Charlotte, NC

#12 Jan 5, 2011
anyone wanting to see a good site on Gastonia should visit

http://www.vintagegastonia.com/Home_Page.php
An insider

Greenville, SC

#13 Sep 25, 2012
They don't mention Tony Janetta much because the owners now would like you to believe their father was the one who made Tony's what it is, but in fact it was their uncle. Their ice cream isn't what it used to be at all because they worry more about pinching every single penny and finding the cheapest ingredients. It's no longer a place for the working man to bring his family to eat. Sad really
Brittany

United States

#14 Jan 11, 2013
M aby its just a gastonia thing bc i luv it there best food and ice cream foot long hot dogs theeee best:-)
Angela

Indian Trail, NC

#15 Jan 13, 2013
I have to agree that tonys ice cream is not what it use to be and the cost is ridicuious ....every once in a while I'll break down and stop in and get me a milk shake ....I do love their hot fudge cake ....It Rocks ..
castille

Fort Mill, SC

#16 Jun 9, 2013
Remember the old lightner cab company! Miss those old businesses that made this place pretty nice, been here a long time...thanks for the memories here!
Nosey

Gastonia, NC

#17 Oct 9, 2013
Remshaw wrote:
When writing about Tonys they never mention the founder Tony Jenetta.
I think the family name is Colletta, and the next generation still owns the business. I love the ice cream!
Alison Cox

Huntington, WV

#18 Jan 28, 2014
I hate it. That's why I moved to Shelby.
Gastonia Resident

Altamonte Springs, FL

#19 Aug 28, 2016
I disagree wrote:
<quoted text>

I know this is only my opinion, but I disagree. When I first moved here with my wife in 99 all she talked about was how good Tony's ice cream is. Well, after a few years I finally had a chance to eat some and I was not impressed. Maybe it is being made differently now then when she was a child, but I would not mind if I never ate it again. Just tasted average to me.

This isn't written to degrade anybody, or put anybody down. This is justs my stated opinion.
I think you're right about the change in the way they make it. Going to Tony's on Sunday was a family tradition in the late 50's early 60's for us and I remember the ice cream being so good. I went back recently after 40 something years and it was not as good as I recalled.
Roland Junkins

Gastonia, NC

#20 Sunday Nov 13
I am 61 years old and used to live in the old mills houses on Rakin Lake Road, off 321. My first milk shake was made by the founders wife, "Mrs Tony". My granny took the money from a purse from around her neck and gave to my dad to get me one for my birthday. I tried so hard to see over the counter while it was being made. It went great with the double chocolate cake made from scratch with a granny's love.

I have eaten at Tony's since and will never forget Mr and Mrs Tony. They were fine people that you could see and fell the love they shared between them. Back then, it was out of and because of love that made Tony's a house hold name. We were dirt poor, but Tony's made us feel as Kings and Queens back then. Can't find people as these now days!!!

I am thankful for the memories, eating ice cream made with love and kindness under the big oak tree in front of the old store. Remember, by the Mr Tony's home!

I know two of Gods Children are still making ice cream in heaven, with love. God Bless them both!

Roland E. Jenkins, USAF (Ret)

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