Stalder Family Creamery Holds Ribbon Cutting
Since the word was first released that a new business selling ice cream was coming to town, people have been eagerly awaiting news. The Stalder Family Creamery, located on Main Street in New Martinsville, opened its doors for the first time on June 13, following a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce. This much anticipated event was well attended with much of the town coming to check out the new place and taste its ice cream. The excitement was evident as the shop had a line of people standing outside waiting for their goods.
The ribbon cutting ceremony saw members of the chamber as well as city officials come out in support of the new local business. One Wetzel County Chamber member said they were excited about the new addition to the downtown community. Eric Vincent, also with the chamber, explained the chamber is focused on small businesses, stating they are the backbone of the community. It was his belief that Stalder Family Creamery would be a destination spot for the area and would be good for the community.
Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, owners Sherrie and Dave Stalder told all present they have been farming in Hannibal, Ohio for over 100 years.
“The dairy farm business has been really bad the last several years, so it was our dream to start something to help the family farm. We decided to open this ice cream shop.” Sherrie reported.
Sherrie said they currently ship their milk to United and buy product back from them to make the ice cream. However, it is their goal to make enough money from the ice cream shop to pasteurize their own milk and use it to make the ice cream they sell to locals.
Sherrie then introduced her family, who all had a hand in the opening the shop. The Stalder’s have two sons: Andrew and Matt. Matt works full time at the farm and is married to Rose. Andrew helps out when he can with his wife Sheena. Andrew and Sheena have two young daughters who also helped on opening night – Addison and Arianna. The Stalder’s also have a daughter named Mandy who lives with her husband Nick in Australia. Mandy and Nick reportedly own two businesses, one being a children’s clothing brand called Bug and Bean that is sold in the front of the shop.
Although Stalder Family Creamery sells only ice cream and snack foods at this time, it was said they would sell more food in the future. However, Sherrie said pulled pork is currently available for special events.
Sherrie told the crowd it was the whole families decision to work together and make this dream come true.
“We hope everyone enjoys everything we have here.” Sherrie expressed.
Stalder Family Creamery will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.