Update 8/19/13: Even though it’s been over a year since Theno’s closed down, it looks like a comeback of sorts may be in the works. It’s not clear exactly what form this will take at this point, but the plan for now the plan seems to call for a food truck, with potential for a new physical location at some point. Additional details can be found at this Redmond Reporter story.
Update 5/31/2012: Unfortunately, it appears that Theno’s is ending its 70+ year run. More information, as well as a farewell letter from the owners, can be found here.
Theno’s Dairy has been a longtime fixture at the corner of Redmond-Woodinville Road and 124th, having held this spot in the Sammamish Valley since 1944. Although there haven’t been any cows here since 1985 (with the notable exception of the fiberglass one that takes up residence in front of the shop,) Theno’s continues to be well known among locals for their ice cream, which is made on site. Especially popular are their seasonal flavors, which include cantaloupe ice cream in the summer, and pumpkin ice cream in the Fall. Unfortunately, back in December Theno’s suffered a minor fire in their building which has put them out of commission for three months. Redmond’s ice cream enthusiasts will be happy to know that as of today, Theno’s is once again open for business and scooping up their Vivan’s Pride ice cream.
The building in which Theno’s resides looks every single day of its 65 years, but some would argue that its age is part of its charm. After all, it’s the ice cream that people are coming for. In addition to the ice cream, Theno’s also sells milk the old fashioned way in glass bottles with the cream top, and recently they have begun making fudge here as well. Still, not much has changed here over the years.
One thing that has inevitably changed is the prices. This is an ad from the August 19th, 1965 edition of the Sammamish Valley news, advertising raw milk for 67 cents a gallon, with pasteurized milk running three cents more (although I don’t even think you’re allowed to legally sell raw milk anymore.) Incidentally, The phone number found in the ad (TU 5-2339, which translates to 885-2339) is the exact same phone number that Theno’s uses today. For more info and updates on what’s going on at Theno’s, be sure to check out their Facebook page.