1989 photo of the Wilkinson Blvd location
Wilkinson Blvd location
Wilkinson Blvd location at dusk
Close-up of the famous Eskimo
Central Ave location
Wonderful late-'80's photo of the Central Ave location at dusk (photo courtesy of Byron Baldwin)
There are two important Dairy Queen's in Charlotte--one on Wilkinson Blvd and the other on Central Ave. At the time of construction of each, both were situated on major thoroughfares leading into downtown Charlotte (in terms of importance, Wilkinson Blvd would later be replaced by I-85 and Central by Independence Blvd). The Wilkinson Blvd location was built in 1947 and owned by Preston Aaron. It is the oldest Dairy Queen in North Carolina and the third oldest in the Southeast. It is famous for its Eskimo-mascot that sits on top of the roof. The location on Central Ave began operations on March 1, 1950 and was owned by Robert Hewitt. Both locations still draw huge crowds (despite no longer being on major thoroughfares) due in part to their history as well as their stylish retro-appearances.