Dean Izzo Is Someone You Should Know

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

Many folks are working two and sometimes three jobs just to make ends meet, but tonight, we introduce you to a man working two jobs....because he wants to!

Strange as it may seem, Dean Izzo loves both of his jobs and plans to keep them both despite the fact that he works in two different states.

His title is long, but his mission is pretty simple. Dean Izzo is the landlord for all state agencies in Florida. His new project is to consolidate 18 locations into one Tallahassee campus.

Through the years, Dean has worked all over the world, including a grueling stint as a consultant in New York. A great job brought him back to Tallahassee, and family brought him home to Thomasville.

Dean's second job, his legacy project, is co-owner and founder of Izzo's ice cream parlor in Thomasville.

"This is part of what we did growing up."

What he did was work with his father at Izzo's Pharmacy. Same location, same address, same soda shop. The pharmacy closed up a few years back and the building set idle until Dean decided to refurbish it keeping all the parts in place.

"This area, that's the original prescription sign that was there. You could see his pharmacy license, his old typewriter."

Dean, his wife Cholette, and their two children are so committed to the Thomasville community that they not only work at Izzo's, but they live there...in a loft upstairs from the soda shop. But even after traveling the world, Dean knew his place was in Thomasville with family. And following in his fathers footsteps never tasted so good.

"The legacy project as I call it. The soda fountain has been fun and great, and I have a great person running it for me. My wife, so, and of course, the kids love having access to ice cream and sodas, and we've become the favorite place to spend the night in the entire town."


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