A nostalgic Bennington business that was a throwback to a bygone era, featuring a real old-fashioned soda fountain, has closed its doors for good. “The Linger Longer” owners Sharolyn and Jay Wagner announced via social media it closed for good on Saturday.
“I am sorry, but the rumor is true. The Linger Longer building has been sold – we closed yesterday. I had a severe case of Covid-19 – spent 2 1/2 weeks in the hospital (2 in ICU). An opportunity presented itself. After some tears, I realized it was time. I will miss my customers very much, but not the cleanup or long hours on my feet.”
Wagner indicated she will be selling numerous items, with in the front window already. A collection of Dr Pepper items will also be sold.
Wagner went on to say:
“Thank you for your company and friendship over the last 10 years. And wear a mask. Our motto was ‘Life is Uncertain. Eat Dessert First.’ It’s time for dessert.”
The Linger Longer was an authentic old-fashioned Soda Fountain in its original 105 year-old building. Staff actually hand mix pop, using spigots and pumps just like they did when pop was first invented, mixing drinks like strawberry Dr Pepper, cherry Coke, or a chocolate root beer.
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