CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) – The Widow’s Walk Ice Creamery has been sold but the new owner says she plans to keep it the same.

Bryan Fraley and his partner have owned the property for 11 years.

“It's been 11 years now and it’s been my goal to retire by the time I'm 50, and I just turned 49 so I’m a little bit ahead of that,“ Fraley said.

Fraley says he regularly sees between 8,000 and 10,000 visitors a month.

“I'll miss the community that came to us and embraced us because I have people that dive through our window for a hug,” he said.

Late last week, he closed on a deal to sell the popular Widow's Walk property in Clarksville.

He said finding the right buyer was crucial.

“We had several people who would approach of us and I would talk to my partner about and I would say I don’t know how the community will embrace this and I was worried.”

Then he heard from one of his customers, Jill Dodson.

“I came over one day and saw the for sale sign,” Dodson said. “I really needed some comfort ice cream. and it just so happened I got in the position to get the business.”

“She emailed me when she saw the property for sale and her email touched me in a way that I reached out to her personally to say thank you about you said about the Widow's Walk,” Fraley recalled.

Dodson will continue to operate the ice creamery and bike rental shop. The other part of the property was sold to another buyer. The salon in the front of the building will remain as well.

“I was fearful that someone would come in and change it so I knew that everybody in the community so I breathed a sigh of relief when I got it,” Dodson said.

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