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After touring Richmond’s historical sites, an Idaho family said it spotted activity at The Scoop of Richmond. Even though the shop wasn’t open, owners Everett and Patty Thompson served ice cream to the grandparents and their three grandchildren. (Photos by Sara Seidel/Richmond News)

After touring Richmond’s historical sites, an Idaho family said it spotted activity at The Scoop of Richmond. Even though the shop wasn’t open, owners Everett and Patty Thompson served ice cream to the grandparents and their three grandchildren. (Photos by Sara Seidel/Richmond News)

By Sara Seidel/Richmond News Staff

As pharmacists running a small-town drug store, Patty and Everett Thompson knew they’d sometimes have to respond to emergencies and open their shop after hours to dispense desperately needed medicine.

As retirees now running an ice cream shop, they didn’t figure they’d encounter any similar situations.

Late last month, however, they did open their Scoops of Richmond shop when a family passing through town spied the couple in their new building. Although the shop wasn’t yet open for the evening, the Thompsons served the hungry travelers some ice cream treats and are happy to have that story to tell.

“We just like people,” Patty said.

It’s that appreciation of people that makes running an ice cream shop a natural pursuit for the Thompsons. That, and an inspiring devotion to the town of Richmond.

The Thompsons both say one motivation is working with people – on both sides of the ice cream counter – whether customers or employees.

People are happy when they come and get ice cream, Patty says.

“It is pure delight to see kids and families” seated at The Scoop’s picnic tables and visiting, Patty said.

Likewise, customers often run into old acquaintances and exchange fond memories while eating ice cream.

“We didn’t anticipate that,” Everett said. “It’s been gratifying.”

The complete story is in the Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 Richmond News.

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