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Iwig Dairy Store opens second Lawrence location north of the river

July 22, 2013

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Grand opening

The North Lawrence Iwig Dairy Store, 622 N. Second St., will celebrate its grand opening on Aug. 3. The store plans to have a cookout and free dips of Iwig ice cream.

The store’s regular hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

The downtown Iwig Dairy Store, 1901 Massachusetts St., is now open the same hours.

Worker Annie Windholz stocks a milk cooler on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the new Iwig Dairy Store at 622 N. Second Street in North Lawrence. The store opened July 13.

Worker Annie Windholz stocks a milk cooler on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the new Iwig Dairy Store at 622 N. Second Street in North Lawrence. The store opened July 13.

The new Iwig Dairy Store at 622 N. Second Street in North Lawrence.

The new Iwig Dairy Store at 622 N. Second Street in North Lawrence.

Containers of ice cream are stacked in a cooler at the new Iwig Dairy Store at 622 N. Second Street in North Lawrence.

Containers of ice cream are stacked in a cooler at the new Iwig Dairy Store at 622 N. Second Street in North Lawrence.

Iwig Family Dairy has opened its second Lawrence store, this time across the river where parking is a little dusty but isn’t such a tight squeeze.

“There’s lots of room,” owner Tim Iwig said. “They can park right in front and dash right in. They can pull around back if they want to, and pull out around the other side.”

The North Lawrence Iwig Dairy Store opened July 13 at 622 N. Second St., in a cream-colored building between two automotive shops — Jake’s and Bob’s.

There are no grocery stores in North Lawrence, and Iwig said the only other place he knows of to buy a gallon of milk is the Dollar General at 1001 N. Third St. In addition to attracting North Lawrence residents, Iwig hopes his store will be a regular stop for commuters and rural residents on their way home from work.

The store is bare-bones for now. In addition to Iwig’s milk, ice cream and other dairy products, there’s a smattering of locally made foodstuffs and fresh produce from North Lawrence farmers.

Iwig said he wants to expand to sell ice cream by the cone, which requires installing equipment to get the proper city permits. He’s also working on a soft-serve style vanilla frozen yogurt recipe.

“We think that will draw customers in there,” he said. “But we need to boost sales. We’re coming down to the wire now.”

In November, the Iwig Family Dairy filed for Chapter 12 bankruptcy. The business’s hearing on its reorganization effort is on Aug. 13.

After two years of crippling drought, Iwig has a “huge” hay crop and is optimistic his corn crop will be good, too. Also, Free State Brewing Co. is making more beer than ever — which means Iwig can get more of the low-cost spent grain he feeds his herd.

With feed costs going down, the missing piece is sales going up, Iwig said.

The new store was opened to help move more milk. In addition to the store at the dairy itself in Tecumseh, Iwig stores are located at 1901 Massachusetts St. and 724 SW Gage Blvd. in Topeka. Iwig also sells to a number of Lawrence restaurants.

“We need to make the bankruptcy court realize that we’ve made a major step here, and made major inroads to solving our problems,” Iwig said.

Iwig advertises its milk as free of antibiotics and artificial hormones widely used to increase milk production. It’s also vat-pasteurized, a rarely used low-temperature process that fans say is the next best thing to raw milk for taste and nutrition.

Marty Falkenstien, who manages both Lawrence Iwig stores, envisions the North Lawrence location as a gathering place once it can sell ice cream by the cone. She said she’d like to lead nature walks across the river that end with an ice cream cone, and she’s working to restore a shady but overgrown garden behind the building.

“Is this a nice place to eat ice cream or what?” she said.

Comments

Lawrence Morgan 1 year, 4 months ago

Is there a generous soul out there who would give all Lawrence elementary and middle school students, plus those of Baldwin, an ice cream cone every Friday?

Matthew Herbert 1 year, 4 months ago

I love Iwig, but find this shady at best. File for bankruptcy and then turn around and double the size of you business. Did I miss something? I'm sure the creditors they will be defaulting on from their bankruptcy are excited to see them throwing around money.

rockchalker52 1 year, 4 months ago

Not shady. Reorganization doesn't throw creditors under the bus; it just makes them wait at the bus stop a bit longer.

jhawkinsf 1 year, 4 months ago

There are different kinds of bankruptcy. With some, creditors may indeed have to wait longer to get what they are owed. With others, creditors are forced to accept a dime on the dollar.

Laurel Sears 1 year, 4 months ago

Good idea, hope it works. I'd suggest a little marketing though! I work in north Lawrence and didn't even know it had opened. Leaflets, handbills and facebook! Give residents an incentive to show up.

bearded_gnome 1 year, 4 months ago

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laurelbirdsong 53 minutes ago

Good idea, hope it works. I'd suggest a little marketing though! I work in north Lawrence and didn't even know it had opened. Leaflets, handbills and facebook! Give residents an incentive to show up.

---Laurel, this's been all over the north lawrence group facebook page since before the opening. lots of info.

Tammy Copp-Barta 1 year, 4 months ago

Also on the North Lawrence Improvement Association website. http://www.northlawrencekansas.org/ under Upcoming Events.

Bladerunner 1 year, 4 months ago

Never heard of it either. Where is the first location?

George_Braziller 1 year, 4 months ago

Driving further just to save 40 cents isn't saving you any money. If you factor in the time and fuel involved it's a wash at best.

webmocker 1 year, 4 months ago

George_Braziller 1 hour, 52 minutes ago Driving further just to save 40 cents isn't saving you any money. If you factor in the time and fuel involved it's a wash at best.

While what you say is true, do you know whether or not Jujubeee has to drive further to Natural Grocers than 1901 Mass, and/or that s/he isn't going there anyway?

George_Braziller 1 year, 4 months ago

Don't have a clue and neither do you but people do it all the time not thinking about how much driving from store to store to store to save $.40 on one item at one place and $.90 at another place actually costs them.

George_Braziller 1 year, 4 months ago

If they're both on your regular routes then it does make sense.

Tammy Copp-Barta 1 year, 4 months ago

People want to go to a place they can get lots of items .. not just milk. That's why a real grocery store is needed in North Lawrence. Dollar General has many more items to offer and will be a mostly likely stop compared to Iwig.

tomatogrower 1 year, 4 months ago

We usually shop at the Mass street store, but stopped at the north side store. They have a lot more produce than before, and are thinking about selling bread. I'm afraid you are never going to get the corporate groceries to put in a store there.

Flo1938 1 year, 4 months ago

FYI, all milk sold at grocery stores is antibiotic free. Plants such as Dairy Farmers of America do not allow antibiotics in there milk which is tested multiple times before entry to the plant. If discovered the entire tank is dumped. Good advertisement and scare tactic though!

tomatogrower 1 year, 4 months ago

The best thing about Iwig is the vat pasteurization. They heat it slowly. This keeps in the more nutrients and enzymes. Some of the enzymes that are destroyed in high heat, fast pasteurization. Some people who are lactose intolerant have been able to drink this kind of milk. And it tastes better. Of course, we no longer have children at home, and don't use 2 gallons a week, but even then I think I would have spent the money.

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