Herald JournalHerald Journal, Aug. 1, 2005

The Ole Creamery offers sweet deals

By Liz Hellmann
Staff Writer

“Come back often and tell your friends!”

That’s the message stay-at-home moms Jamie Mueleners and Rachael Scherping want to send customers of their new shop.

The Winsted natives recently remodeled the old creamery building on 211 McLeod Avenue, Winsted, and opened for business June 30.

In honor of the building, the shop dons the name “The Ole Creamery.”

But now, instead of ice cream, as it used to be, cool findings inside the building include unique and inexpensive antiques, shabby chic furniture, home accents, and children’s furniture and clothing at inexpensive prices.

“We’re always looking for deals the way it is,” Mueleners said.

The two spend weekends rummaging garage sales and clearance racks for the latest gems to add to their collection.

Refurbishing everything by hand, the sole owners are also the employees and craftsmen.

“We sell everything at cost, plus a little more to help pay for gas and electric,” Mueleners said. “We’re not trying to make money.”

Mueleners and Scherping, who have been friends since grade school, first had the idea to start the shop when they saw similar stores on a trip to Florida.

The shop is divided into two main sections. One section houses one of a kind furniture, including desks, coffee tables, chairs, and hutches.

Many of the items have been refurbished by Mueleners and Scherping. They re-upholster and stain items to achieve what Mueleners refers to as the “shabby chic look.”

The second section of the store is home to racks of higher end new and gently used children’s clothing. Clothing can be found for children, from infants to children’s size 16.

The clothing is sold at a greatly reduced price, but it is all bought by Mueleners and Scherping, not donated.

Also included in the second section is a collection of children’s furniture. Brightly colored baby cribs, tables, bedding, bed canopies, and more can be found in the two rooms comprising the children’s section.

“We hope to change it with the seasons,” Mueleners said.

The store is open the first and third Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We’ll see how it goes, and how people like it,” Mueleners said.

Mueleners and Scherping still want to be able to keep a flexible schedule to take their children to school and keep working as stay-at-home moms.

Mueleners and her husband, Dave, have twin girls Alexis and Elizabeth, and are expecting. Scherping and her husband, Dennis, have four children, Zack, Sidney, Hannah, and Nolan.

The store can give them the flexibility they are looking for to fit their families’ needs.

Future plans include the possibility of cleaning out another back room to fill with merchandise.

There is also the possibility of getting an ice cream cooler in the store, because local people remember when the store used to be an ice cream shop.

“Lots of people come in here and say, ‘I used to get ice cream right over there.’ We want to keep the tradition going,” Mueleners said.

A grand opening is planned to take place in a couple months.

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