Tony Mariaux manages the Carrollton Dairy Queen, and as a businessman, he finds it important to give back to his community. He recently began hosting school spirit nights and held a fall festival and circus-like celebration.
What brought you to Carrollton?
We believed Carrollton was a great place to open our first DQ. It is a growing community and we thought they needed a DQ in the area.
What types of community events have you held and why?
We believe in giving back to the community. We are involved with Children's Miracle Network through DQ and are getting involved with schools and churches in our area. We have had a fundraiser for Creek Valley Middle School Band and for Creekview High School and have others in the planning stage. We donate 20 percent of the sales they bring in to the organization.
What is your typical day like?
The best part of the job every day is making people smile.
How did you decide you wanted to work with DQ?
I remember riding my bike to DQ to get a burger and onion rings as a kid. DQ had the best onion rings back then and still do today. When I was approached about operating DQ, I thought it would be a fun place. Who doesn’t like ice cream?
What’s your favorite flavor of Blizzard?
I love lots of them. I guess my favorite is the Royal NY Cheesecake.
What would be a good mascot for your business?
Every kid that likes ice cream cones.
What is the oddest thing you’ve had a customer request?
If we would honor a coupon from a competitor. Of course we will, it the easiest way to steal a fan from the competition.
If you could eat anything on your menu for a week, what would it be?
I can eat our tacos every day. They are the best.