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Olivesburg General Store

Always For the Town

By Kate Minnich • Writer & Designer Published: November 2, 2015 12:00 PM
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Down a windy road, with in the small town of Olivesburg lays a general store that has been serving the community and tourists alike since 1840. Adapting to the demands of the surrounding community, Oliversburg General Store has supplied everything from dynamite and diamonds to cookie cutters and groceries. The store is currently owned and operated by Connie Tucker, but the environment and purpose of the building has not changed.

Locals often visit the store for a taste of the award winning ice cream or sense of community. The local sport teams troop in after a game for some celebratory ice cream. Lounging in the cafe style table and chairs the mature guests converse over coffee every morning. The Olivesburg General Store was voted to have the best sandwich in Mid-Ohio this year and the their ice cream has been recognized three years consecutively. More than awards, the store offers a place to gather with friends and neighbors.

Coach buses, car and motorcycle clubs roll into the Olivesburg General Store to discover a resting ground containing authentic small town charm. Tourists have traveled from as far as Japan in order to enjoy the ice cream and deli. Charter buses, like most experienced Amish Country travelers, often make this a must see on their routes and call ahead to give the store advanced notice of their arrival time. Other times, visitors are passing through and decide to stop on a whim. No matter the method, everyone is always welcome at the general store. They are also encouraged to sign the visitors' book which captures a running tally of who has come from where.

This time of year our thoughts are turning toward Christmas and baking; an event Olivesburg General Store is prepared to sustain throughout the year. With over 650 silicon and metal cookie cutters to choose from, the possibilities are endless and definitely not limited to a specific holiday. Spinning racks entertain the mind with visions of mushrooms, dogs or music note shaped cookie cutters.

Cookie Cutter alley is an addition to the general store that came about naturally for Connie. The uses for cookie cutters are not limited to forming cookies, as Connie pointed out, they are good for many food forming tasks such as cutting cheese into holiday shapes. Creating festive appetizer platters this holiday season will be a breeze. Connie herself used cookie cutters to cut off the crust of her son's sandwiches, and to form them into fun shapes.

Connie stocks all the cookie cutters her supplier carries, but if all cookie cutter needs are not met then perhaps creating a personalized cookie cutter is the solution. Olivesburg General Store currently carries a kit that will allow the creation of any cookie cutter conceived by the human mind. Complete with the tools and materials, the kit is sure to end any long lasting search for a specific cutter.

Christmas baking often includes more then just the run of the mill cookies, requiring copious amounts of cooking and decorative items to create the delicious treats. Whisks, spatulas, and multi-colored sprinkles are staples and getting good quality products at a decent price can be difficult. Fortunately there is a one-stop shop ready to supply all your baking needs. There is a wall within Olivesburg General Store that contains the largest selection of sprinkles most eyes will ever see. Why would anyone bother going somewhere else? Rounding off the baking selection with cup cake liners, cake pans and so much more, the store is fully equipped to handle most baking needs.

Beyond baking, the general store offers an assortment of household dcor items and select clothing perfect for Christmas gift giving. For those on your list who enjoy candles, picture frames and the like, Olivesburg General Store has a selection bound to contain something to please. You can find authentic Amish bonnets and men's hats alongside gas powered lanterns; anything that you might need!

There is always that one person on your list who really wants something out of the ordinary, or you may need to buy for a goofy gift exchange. A consignment room in the back of the general store is likely to contain items to help you find just the right thing. Supplied and maintained by three people, the room is overflowing with unique salt and pepper shakers, and other odds and ends.

Olivesburg General Store is prepared to aid visitors in all their holiday needs from shopping and baking to maintaining a calm facade. Shopping can be overwhelming, especially if the list requires visiting multiple stores. Take a deep breath and pick up a coffee or ice cream to calm all the nerves. Then look around the store and finish off the seemingly unending list.

Olivesburg General store is located at 4778 State Route 545, Ashland, Ohio 44805. For more information call 419-895-1038 or visit www.olivesburggeneralstore.com

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