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Fifty years ago this year, Estelle Williams started serving sno-cones to Oak Cliff residents at 2002 W. Clarendon. Her daughter Lee wasn’t able to work there the first year it was open because she couldn’t see above the counter; but she’s been there ever since. Lee is an Oak Cliff native and went to Winnetka Elementary, Greiner Junior High and Sunset High School.

Her mom, “Aunt Stelle”, told the Dallas Morning News in September of 1984, that she’d stay open through mid-October. "When the cool weather hits, that's when business starts dropping off. But there's always next year. Just as long as you've got sunshine without rain, you're going to have people standing in line to get sno-cones.” Originally, a jumbo was a nickel, today it’s $3.50.

Lee and her husband Ed Schwartz work Memorial Day through Labor Day. Last year, they cut their days back to Friday through Sunday.

There are a lot more instructions at the counter than there used to be. There will come a day when this Oak Cliff institution will no longer be here. Lee says the iconic sno-cone stand will be open as long as she and her husband’s health holds up but then no more. When asked whether or not she’d sell or if there was a relative waiting in the wings to pick up the family tradition, Lee said, “No. Once we’re gone? That’s it.”

Get them while you can.

Thank you to Lee Albert for taking time between cones to answer our questions.