Almost Heaven ice cream doubles its size.
A third location opened at the end of February in Hartville. The family-owned company hopes to open a fourth location later this year in Canal Fulton following the acquisition of Oser’s Dairy & Deli.
The locations are an addition to the original Almost Heaven locations at 6590 Middlebranch Ave. NE on Plain Township and second location at 2154 Beechwood Ave. in Alliance.
The chain of ice cream parlors began in 2007 when Todd Truax opened its first location next to Sonshine Medical, a medical equipment company owned by the Truax family.
The ice cream business began expanding five years ago when the Truax family purchased property in Alliance to build a second location. They also built a new store in Hartville at 624 S. Prospect St.
Jared Truex, Todd’s son, said the family decided to build in Hartville because it is a destination city that attracts people from outside the area to shop.
“It’s a good local community,” he said.
Jared Truex said plans were to open the Hartville site in early January, but supply chain problems delayed construction. He said the company had to wait for construction supplies and equipment.
Jared Truex said that supply chain delays are expected to be a factor in preparing the Fulton Canal site. He hopes to start work soon on switching from Oser’s theme to Almost Heaven, but he expects it will be at the end of the summer before the site is ready to serve ice cream.
Fulton Canal Mayor Joe Schultz said the city’s historic preservation committee will work with Almost Heaven on the plans. Canal Fulton officials want to make sure there are no drastic changes to buildings in the historic downtown area.
According to county records, the building dates back to 1890, while Usser has been working there since 1954.
Schultz is excited to see Almost Heaven invest in downtown Fulton Canal.
“We expect that they will be a good business partner for the community,” he said.
Jared Truex said the store expects to preserve some 68 years of Osser’s dairy history.
“We don’t want to lose all the heritage,” he said.
Until then, more than 20 flavors of Almost Heaven ice cream and other desserts are available at Plain Township, Hartville and Alliance locations.
Ice cream makes people happy and Jared Truex said he enjoys serving happy customers.
“This is the best part of the job,” he said.
German McDonald’s expands Diebold Nixdorff’s IT services agreement
McDonald’s Germany and Diebold Nixdorf have expanded their IT services partnership agreement.
The new agreement provides for Diebold Nixdorff to install and maintain equipment in the new and upgraded restaurants at McDonald’s Germany. The chain contains more than 1,430 websites.
It represents another milestone in the inter-company collaboration, which has seen Diebold Nixdorf self-service terminals and payment transaction technology. Diebold Nixdorf equipment helps the restaurant chain meet German security regulations for point of sale systems.
Diebold Nixdorff and McDonald’s Germany have worked together for many years, and expanding the agreement was a logical step, especially as customer expectations for the technology have grown in recent years, Nicholas von Sobe, Vice President of Technology at McDonald’s Germany, said in a press release. .
415 Group opens Alliance . office
Accounting and business services firm 415 Group has opened an office in Alliance.
Jackson Township, a certified public accounting, business consulting, and information technology services firm, said it has added the office at 960 W. State St. To better serve customers in Alliance, Louisville, Minerva, Salem and Sebring.
Marcy Carey joined 415 Group as Tax Manager and Head of Alliance Office, and has 20 years of experience in accounting.
Flattening home sales
The number of properties sold in Ohio during February matches home sales in February 2021, Ohio Realtors reported.
Real estate agents across the state reported 9,382 homes sold during February, the same number as last year. The average real estate price rose 11.9% to $235,359, the organization said.
Real estate agents for MLS Now, which includes Stark and 22 other counties in Northeast Ohio, reported 3,201 units sold in February, up less than 1% from the 3,183 sold during the same period last year. The average price increased by 11.2% to $204,625.
During the first two months, real estate agents at MLS Now Group reported selling 6,592 homes, up 2.2% from 6,447 in 2021. Statewide agents sold 18,897 units, up less than 1% from 18,776 sold last year.