Hearthside Country Store to change hands
Effective March 1, Hearthside Country Store will be in new hands — those of Lisa and Steve Oom, who are moving back to Sabetha to oversee the store.
The Ooms grew up in Sabetha — Lisa notes that her maiden name was actually Goodman. Since moving away from Sabetha in 1993, they have lived in multiple places. For the past seven years, they have worked as traveling nurses. They currently own a home in Denison, where they have been building up partnership of Krazy Notions Ranch.
“Our goal is to help families have access to healthy food raised in a humane environment,” L. Oom said. “The purchase of Hearthside Country Store was a big step toward that goal.”
The Ooms are taking over ownership from current owners, Elvin and Beverly Goodman and Dennis and Dorothy Goodman, who bought the store from Tim and Charlene Hartter in 1996. Primarily overseeing the store’s day-to-day business has been B. Goodman.
“I had worked for one year for the Hartters, when Tim told me he was going to close the store,” B. Goodman said. “I enjoyed my work there and felt there was a need for this type of business in the area. We visited with family, and Dennis and Dorothy said they would go in with us.”
During the past 20-plus years of owning the business, the Goodmans have made numerous changes — such as putting in a second driveway entry, doubling the retail area, and adding a walk-in cooler.
All changes were made while maintaining the country store feel, B. Goodman said.
Hearthside Country Store offers bulk products such as flour, oatmeal, sugar and spices, as well as locally sourced honey, farm fresh eggs, Rusty Wagon pies and homemade pies. The freezer section also offers fresh frozen fruits, rolls and meats, among other things. Non-edibles — from kitchenware items to homemade soaps — are also featured at Hearthside.
Fresh and homemade food offerings are a staple for the Country Store
“In the summer months, we offer orchard fresh fruit starting with strawberries and rhubarb, then summer apples, blueberries, Missouri and Colorado peaches, pears, apricots, plums, and ending with fall apples,” B. Goodman said. “Fresh produce is also offered throughout the garden season.”
Also catering to homemade, fresh-food seekers, Hearthside holds a Farmers Market in the parking lot every Wednesday from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The Ooms plan to continue providing current products while also adding items.
“We plan to continue to carry the current products that our customers enjoy, and add to that more items directed toward our goal,” L. Oom said. “We look forward to serving the needs of the community.”
B. Goodman said owning Hearthside has been rewarding, but she is looking forward to retiring in the next few months.
“Working with our employees and the public has been such a rewarding part of owning Hearthside,” B. Goodman said. “I feel that I have made a lot of new friends, both in Sabetha, from neighboring communities and those who stop by on their frequent trips on Highway 75.”
B. Goodman said she intends to help at Hearthside for a little while, but intends to fully retire before summer.
“I hope to spend more time with family and friends, working in the yard, and getting back to sewing,” B. Goodman said.
Meanwhile, the Ooms are glad to be back and excited to get started at Hearthside.
“I am glad to be back home, and Steve — who is currently working in California — is looking forward to being back,” L. Oom said. “We are looking forward to spending time with family and friends.”
Grand Re-Opening Celebration
A Grand Re-Opening Celebration will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 1. Light refreshments will be served.