Myrna Pour has run Apple-A-Day health food store since 1988.
But on August 1, she initially plans to close the store at 1358 Lexington Street, which has been near and dear to her since she and her late husband, Bill, acquired the company 34 years ago.
“If for some reason there’s still stock, we’ll stay open maybe until September 1st,” Burr said.
How the Bohrs came to open Apple-A-Day
She and her husband were looking to invest in a business and were thinking of opening a large and long men’s store.
She said it was really a coincidence that the couple came to buy and own the health store. She had worked for Bank One and former Vice President George Freund held him in the branch where she worked from time to time.
Poors came to buy the shop from Freund, who was a financial advisor at the time. Freund and his wife Loella owned the health food store.
“We took the loan,” she said.
“I’ve learned a lot from my customers and not just about supplements,” Bohr said of her store Thursday. “My clients have enriched my life financially, physically, psychologically and spiritually,” she said.
Bohr said her 54-year-old husband died in 2020, and while the store was her life, she said she wanted to retire.
“It’s not the same (without Bill),” she said. Her husband has always helped her with work, which also had a second location on Ashland Road, which closed in 2019.
The Burr family, a native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, came to Mansfield from Green Bay, Wisconsin, where her husband worked in retail in 1967.
His work took them elsewhere, and the couple lived in Canton, Monroe Falls, Copley, and Maple Heights.
They returned to Mansfield when her husband was asked to take up a store manager position in Value City in 1971. During his retail career, he also worked at Giant Store and J.C. Beyney.
Myrna also worked at Jong Mae Chinese Restaurant in downtown Mansfield and was the “Avon lady”, winning once with another Mansfield Avon woman for every $3,000 in a contest.
“My husband and I took a car trip to Toronto,” she said.
Myrna said that she met her future husband at the time at Bob’s Drive-In in Sioux Falls where she was working.
She was 17 years old.
“It was dinner and he was sitting (and eating) on a chair and I took orders to jump in the car and I was walking next to him,” she said of the restaurant, known for its broasted chicken.
She said she initially thought his name was Bill Burhead and had never told her anything different for some time.
They went to see a war movie and shared a pizza – the rest is history.
The couple has two older daughters, Laurie and Amy, and three grandchildren.
“And I have a very nice couple,” she added.
She said the shop had a few employees, five of whom stayed for many years.
“We’ve received so many compliments for our service,” she said.
Thinking about her next move
Myrna said she will think about what she wants to do in the future.
She knows that she wants to continue spending time with her family and that her grandson is getting married soon.
She loves to play cards, especially cards and golf.
“I tried poker but I didn’t like it,” she said. “I like to play Michigan Rummy.”
She loves to cook.
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She also loves her employees.
“The girls (Apple-A-Day employees) go out to eat once a month,” she said.
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Everything in the shop is 50% off, including decorations. The store is open from 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday until it closes permanently.