Their custard break Saturday would bring them to a kind of Wisconsin shrine, an 8-year-old Alexandria, Va., business owned and operated by Davis, a Waukesha native and daughter of the late Wisconsin congressman Glenn Davis (U.S. House, 1947-'57 and 1965-'74).
The Obama family visit came with little warning Saturday, just enough for Davis
to make her
employees put on clean aprons.
"The shop was full of customers.
They clapped a little bit, everybody just looked really pleased," said Davis
"My goal was for it to be as normal as possible . . . . for his
asked, 'What's good here?' Everybody said, 'frozen custard,' " said Davis
The president told Davis
was "buttering up" his
girls because the next day was Father's Day, and he
was hoping for some good gifts.
"I said to him: 'You know this is a Wisconsin specialty,' " said Davis
, whose brother is Waukesha County Circuit Judge J. Mac Davis . "I said, 'That makes this a regional dish.' "
also gave the president three "puppy pops," a frozen dog treat she
sells in two combinations: yogurt, peanut butter and banana and yogurt, peanut butter and pumpkin.
"I said, 'These are for Bo,' " said Davis
, who owns two dogs, one named Bucky.
said the puppy pops are made in her
shop by a group of adults with disabilities.
"I can't wait to tell them the First Dog got their puppy pops," said Davis
, who said 10 cents from every puppy pop goes to People Animals Love
, a group that brings pets to visit ailing veterans, nursing home residents and sick children.
During the visit, Obama's personal aide Reggie Love bought a four-pack of Sprecher root beer and another puppy pop to take back to the White House, Davis said.
Fielding questions from D.C. reporters afterward about the visit, Davis
pointedly stressed that she
serves frozen custard, NOT ice cream.
That effort wasn't entirely successful.
The account of the visit written by that day's White House pool reporter described her
business as a "boutique ice cream parlor."
"It really frosts your tail when they call it ice cream," said Davis
, who has a notice on the wall of her
store (and a section of her
Web site) explaining the difference in some detail.
posted comments about the visit on Twitter on Saturday and Sunday, recapping the most-asked questions: "Did you know ahead? (No) Did you make him pay? (Yes) Did he
cut the line? (Yes) Did you get a picture? (No)."
also posted a tribute to her
father, "who through hard work, frugality and smarts, generously left me enough money to let me open this business."
As a congressman's daughter, Davis
is no stranger to meeting presidents.
, whose business has been surging in recent years, wrote Sunday on Twitter about the "Obama aftermath," saying, "we survived.
Not any busier than usual, actually."
But a reporter who went for custard Sunday night waited in line 25 minutes.
And on Monday, "We got a lot of people we've never seen before, who wanted to sit in the same chair (that Obama
used) and eat the same sundae," said Davis