To the neighborhood of Oakdale it could seem to easily be a welcomed new enterprise, but for Roberts Ferry Nut Firm co-owners Stacey Kollmeyer, Kim and Nic West, it’s a true full circle second.
Of their fifth 12 months of possession of the longstanding Roberts Ferry primarily based firm, the trio now serves two communities which have been instrumental of their youth and into maturity.
“We talked about being prepared for the best alternative nearly instantly after we purchased the enterprise,” Stacey mentioned of first buying the enterprise together with her sister Kim and brother-in legislation Nic 5 years in the past. “It simply made all the choices simple.”
With household roots and childhood reminiscences deep in the neighborhood of Roberts Ferry for the sister crew, the preliminary enterprise buy appeared each surreal, in addition to becoming. Embracing the Roberts Ferry neighborhood, in addition to the thriving enterprise of nuts, caramel corn and confections, the household discovered the methods of the enterprise in addition to working with each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
At all times with sights on a second location or “pop-up” the household crew shared when the 150 N. Third Ave., Oakdale location offered itself it was a simple determination. Really easy actually, they opened the placement in early September inside 5 days of claiming “sure.”
“When this got here alongside, it actually match that invoice,” Kim mentioned of their plan and the best location that they had envisioned.
“We actually felt good about coming to Oakdale.” Stacey added. “We felt like a part of the neighborhood right here.”
Opening on the ultimate Wednesday of Oakdale Farmer’s Market in late September, the house owners skilled an Oakdale model welcome, promoting over 100 of their signature milkshakes in three brief hours. Whereas a pandemic could not appear a really perfect time to open a brand new enterprise, the household shared they’ve skilled fairly the other.
“I really feel like we knew what we have been in search of, so though it occurred throughout a pandemic, it felt prefer it was the best factor for us to do,” Stacey mentioned.
“It feels a bit of bit like coming house,” she continued, noting that Nic was raised in Oakdale and all three are Oakdale Excessive College alumni.
The brand new location doesn’t exchange the unique store nonetheless positioned in Roberts Ferry, additionally identified by the crew because the “nation retailer.” It does, nevertheless, appear to have a unique buyer base, being embraced by the neighborhood as extra of a pantry retailer or cease for hostess presents.
With the prevailing house providing ample retail room, in addition to a kitchen and consuming space the Oakdale location presents meals gadgets for eat-in, take and bake, in addition to beverage decisions for the entire household.
“It’s like a soda fountain,” Kim mentioned. “If youngsters are ever in a position to return to high school, they’ll are available in and get a milkshake throughout lunch or after faculty. Later that night their dad and mom can are available in and have a glass of wine and stroll and get a hostess reward for an occasion that weekend.”
Buying a liquor license with the brand new location has additionally helped verify a further field on the proprietor’s purpose checklist, as they may now be capable to embrace beer in addition to wine of their well-liked reward baskets.
“Actually, I can’t consider the variety of those who have are available in right here, simply stroll in and say, I’m so glad that you simply’re right here,” Stacey mentioned of the neighborhood help. “Perhaps at the moment they don’t have time to buy, however they’re so excited we’re right here. Who doesn’t wish to run a enterprise in a neighborhood like that?”
“It’s form of like what we did 5 years in the past in Roberts Ferry. They got here house to Roberts Ferry and now we’re in Oakdale,” Nic mentioned. “It’s undoubtedly been welcoming, like small city Oakdale. Oakdale has actually opened its arms to us and I believe we have to acknowledge that.”
Roberts Ferry Nut Firm is bought in retailers and ships merchandise all through the nation. The Oakdale location is open Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to five p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to five p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Objects may be bought at www.robertsferrynutco.com.