“For the last few years the family has been talking about opening a second location,” said Mistie Ankenman, who will be the owner and manager of the new store. “Calls kept coming from various people asking us to open a second place.”
But no matter how Gouda an idea it seemed to be, no serious plans could be made. Mistie explained that her brother, Pappy Poorbaugh, and her parents, Dick and Rhonda Poorbaugh, were simply too busy with the Ashland store to consider the possibility.
“I had been running the Orrville YMCA for 9 years, and I kept going up to the area to check out the Barberton YMCA. On one of my trips I saw that Strickland’s Ice Cream store had gone up for sale. It was right off I-76 on Cleveland Massillon road. I thought it would be perfect since 76 was east and west and our other store [on I-71] was north and south.”
Ankeman said she took her parents on a road trip to investigate the site. Once they looked it over they decided to buy it.
Those who venture out to Norton will notice that a Cheesebarn replica now sits on the property. With an added 2200 feet to the existing building the site features that “cheesy” ambiance to which so many in Ashland are accustomed.
Many of the same delicacies native to the Cheesebarn can be found at the new store. Along with all the usual mouth-watering meats and cheese, the store will also house another Sweeties’ Jumbo Chocolates.
Mistie’s brother, Pappy, has nothing but well wishes for his sister’s new venture. “I would love to see the new store further the Grandpa's customers through selling local products and providing excellent customer service.”
What does Grandpa think about the new venture? While he may love his meats and cheeses, he’s more enamored with his granddaughter’s return to the business. “It’s a blessing for our whole family and it's nice to have our granddaughter back in the family business.”