Wysox Dandy Historic Revitalization Complete
WYSOX (October 31st, 2019) - The historic revitalization of the Wysox Dandy in the Piollet Mansion is now complete, and the store hosted a community grand opening and ribbon cutting event on Saturday, October 26th, from 11am-1pm.
The crowd enjoyed free lunch samples from the Dandy kitchen, including paninis, burgers, and specialty pizzas, as well as specialty coffees and smoothies. The Twin Tiers dance/jazz/swing band Ain’t Misbehavin’ played for the audience from the renovated second floor, and Henry Farley, President of the Bradford County Historical Society, gave a presentation on the history of the Piollet Mansion and its place in late 19th and early 20th century Bradford County.
The Piollet Mansion was built by Victor E. Piollet in 1872. His father, Joseph M. Piollet, was born in France and emigrated to the United States in 1806 after fighting with Napoleon’s army at Austerlitz. The Piollet family was an integral part of Bradford County’s early development, occupying key roles in the railroad and canal industries, as well as politics. Many Piollet descendants remain in Bradford County today.
A brand new addition to the original structure now houses most of the Dandy store including the kitchen, coolers and shelves. The beer cave, seating area, store offices, renovated restrooms and new community room are located in the original Piollet Mansion. Two sections of flooring were removed to create a four story open atrium all the way up to the windowed cupola. Original doorway moldings and wainscoting were restored, and sections of the original hardwood floors were repurposed into Dandy store signage. The building underwent significant energy efficient upgrades, including new windows. Also, a new diesel pad was poured and the entire parking area received new blacktop.
The Wysox Dandy now boasts a new specialty drink program which offers customers hot and iced made-to-order lattes, macchiatos, and cappuccinos, along with frozen beverages like frappes, mochas, and smoothies. Other new additions include a four foot flat top grill for cheesesteaks and burgers, a panini press, and self-serve bean to cup coffee machines.
Dandy President Randy Williams commented on the occasion, “The revitalization of the Piollet Mansion and the Wysox Dandy is one of the proudest moments we’ve had as a company. Our team worked with an incredible group of partners and contractors to painstakingly renovate this building to the highest level. This building and its history are important to so many people in Bradford County and beyond, and we hosted this event so the community could come out and enjoy it with us all.”
Dandy Mini Marts, Inc. operates 65 locations throughout the Twin Tiers region of Pennsylvania and New York. Dandy offers fresh pizza, cold and hot subs, salads, wraps, and sides along with a large selection of snacks, grocery items, and beverages. Dandy also features an extensive variety of today’s fueling options, including compressed natural gas (CNG). Many locations are open 24 hours. We are dedicated to ensuring every patron receives prompt, friendly, and courteous service while providing quality products at a fair price in safe, clean and convenient locations. Dandy employees and management work hard to create positive attitudes, innovative approaches, continued growth and a pleasant work environment.