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Located just east of Ashland, you will find this little country store located in the perfect country structure- a barn. The bank barn, built in 1843, may have some years on it but looks in top notch condition, housing a variety of items from herbs to home décor.
The old time country feel and charm is carried throughout the store not only by the old wood beams that support the barn, but also in the old agricultural implements that hang from the walls. They seem to tell a story of their own as you take in the history that surrounds you.
Don and Sally Dilgard have spent 38 years creating a work atmosphere they absolutely love. Their personalities make them a perfect fit for customer service, as they enjoy taking time to get to know their customers and share meaningful conversation with all of them.
"I just love coming to work every day," said Sally. As a retired florist herself and her husband, once a horticulture teacher at Ashland High School, their creative talents become very crucial in developing a herb garden in the barnyard behind the building.
"When we opened and started selling herbs, we were the only business in the area," said Sally. The Dilgards carry a variety of herbs when they are in season. They also package their own herbs, which can be found among a variety of other delicious food items.
The Parsley pot carries a variety of dip mixes and teas as well as tasty saltine cracker seasoning which delighted customers were able to sample. They also carry a variety of housewares, such as napkins and place settings and a newly popular, rubber lid-which replaces aluminum foil or saran wrap, is microwave and oven safe and creates a tight seal on any bowl. The lids have been a big seller for the store.
"I think our store has a lot of things that make people feel good," said Sally. "People get excited over the little things."
And little things can be found throughout the store to add that touch of country or primitive style to your home. Two lofts over-looking the barn have been decorated with small table settings, knickknacks, canvas prints and much more.
A variety of seasonal items are available throughout the year. In one upstairs loft, along the back wall, a display features rustic, patriotic canvas prints, flag memorabilia and other patriotic décor items perfect for the fourth of July or any time of the year.
Sally's arrangements of the merchandise is so appealing and helps to give you an idea of how the items might look in your own home. "I buy things that I would like to buy for my own home and so far my customers have liked it as well," said Sally.
The Dilgards owe a lot of their business success to their loyal customer base."We have a lot of local and out of town people and we have found that our best advertisement is through word of mouth," said Sally. "We've been very blessed with our business and our customers."
The Dilgards have truly captured the rustic country charm, being located in a barn and keeping some of the old agricultural implements on the walls as well as selling primitive and rustic country décor. "It's challenging to find new things that people will like, but that's part of the adventure," said Sally.
The Parsley Pot is located at 697 CR 1302, one and a half miles east of Ashland. Store hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Noon-5 p.m. For more information regarding specials or merchandise call 419-281-7514. The next time you are traveling through Ashland, hop off I-71 and take the roads less traveled to Parsley Pot. You might be surprised in finding gifts for everyone.