COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Tuesday, Nov. 13 marks 100 years since Dinglewood Pharmacy went into business.
“We are in our 35,754th day of business, today,” said Owner and Pharmacist at Dinglewood, Terry Hurley.
Fifity-two years is how long Hurley has been owning and working as a Pharmacist at Dinglewood.
A permanent staple on Wynnton Road.
Hurley says while there has been many changes in the area, Dinglewood standing the test of time, and keeping the customers coming back.
“Dinglewood will be here forever. Like they say, the ambiance, is buried so deep, that even if we go away, and everyone else who loves Dinglewood goes away, it will still be here for the next crowd.. for your children,” said longtime customer, Patsy Avery.
The store and eatery famous for their scrambled dogs, first introduced in the 1950’s.
“Just nothing takes the place of the scrambled dog, said Ed and Becky Roddenberry. “I always used to cut class, leave Columbus high School, sneak out the backdoor with some buddies, and we would come over here and eat lunch.”
“Since I was a kid, the hot dogs, the people, the place, this is Midtown to me,” said another longtime customer, Will Cliatt.
Lieutenant Stevens helping perfect the famous dogs, in the kitchen at Dinglewood for over 70 years.
Starting as a cook at the age of 16, Tuesday, the well-known cook returning to celebrate.
“It was so good being here, enjoying everything and everybody,” said the Lieutenant.
The owner, Terry Hurley says their recipe to success isn’t a secret.
“The good customers, good customer care, things that used to matter a lot, that don’t seem to matter much anymore,” said Hurley.
He says he has no plans on stopping anytime soon.
Hurley hoping to keep using these ingredients to success to push Dinglewood into the next 100 years.
“I don’t know what I would do if I wasn’t doing this… this is life!” said Hurley.
A full week of activities and events scheduled to celebrate the 100 years.
To celebrate, they’re hosting several events ranging from raffles to meeting the eatery’s iconic Lieutenant.
The events began Monday, Nov. 12 with a chili dog eating contest that News Leader 9′s Chuck Leonard and Tony Sloan entered.
The wiener winner was able to eat thirteen chili dogs in ten minutes, Tony Sloan scarfed down six and Chuck Leonard finished two.
A raffle was also held Monday, giving away gift certificates, a framed Dinglewood print and a Yeti cooler full of Dinglewood merchandise.
The anniversary day festivities began at 9:00 a.m. with free coffee and breakfast goodies with the first 25 people in the door receiving free Dinglewood boxed cards.
All merchandise is also ten percent off throughout the anniversary celebration.