January, traditionally a difficult post-holiday time for local businesses, brings several closings and one change of ownership. Closing, with no sale or change of ownership, is Creekside Postal. Also closed because of registration of only one child is Town Hall’s preschool.
Current owners of Country Farms on Highway 243, Sandi and Jim Fulcher, have just purchased the ice cream shop on North Circle. The Fulchers intend it to be a quick stop eat-in or take-out food establishment.
They will rename it Country Farms Quik Stop and plan to open in February with a different marketing intention, profile and menu. First, the long-standing ice cream shop will no longer have ice cream, only frozen yogurt and gelato. The Fulcher’s plan to expand food service to include bagels, chili, soups, hamburgers, hot dogs, and possibly salads.
“We’ll also have our gourmet coffee and hot chocolate that we have at our main store available at the Quik Stop,”Sandi said. “We plan to be open every day,” Jim said, “with regular hours. We’ll be customer-driven and finalize hours based on customer demand.”
They noted they wanted to be open during hours that could serve the Rustic Theatre population. “We’d like locals to come in and eat a bite,” Sandi said. The Fulchers plan to be closely involved in managing both businesses and hope to make their newest location an attractive dining experience for locals.
“We’re not just desert people [they have a home in Palm Desert] up here to buy a store,” Jim said. They said they pride themselves on providing quality products and service to their customers.