Jim and Laura Scoby purchase Hearthside Country Store
Hearthside Country Store has changed owners, and now will be operated by Jim and Laura Scoby, who decided to purchase the longtime Sabetha business from Steve and Lisa Oom.
“After running numbers, talking to some folks and lots of prayer, we decided to make an offer,” Jim said.
While the concept of Hearthside Country Store will remain the same, the Scobys said they have a few changes planned for the store, but the majority of the business will remain the same. The store is open now Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and plans to extend hours on Thursdays to 7 p.m. and Saturdays to 5 p.m. through Christmas starting the first week in November.
Hearthside Country Store – located at 2494 200th Road, one mile north of Sabetha on U.S. Highway 75 – was opened and established in May 1993 by Tim and Charlene Hartter of Sabetha, who came up with the concept of bulk food in this area. In 1996, the Hartters sold the business to Elvin and Beverly Goodman and Dennis and Dorothy Goodman of Sabetha, who then continued to grow the business with a new addition twenty years ago, along with adding many new products. In March 2019, Steve and Lisa Oom of Denison purchased the store and added the idea of doing lunches and smoking meat.
Hearthside Country Store offers bulk products such as flour, oatmeal, sugar and spices. The freezer section also has frozen fruits, rolls and meats, among other items. Other items including kitchenware to homemade soaps also are featured at Hearthside.
The bulk food products at Hearthside are weighed, repackaged and sealed in store. However, Hearthside will sell products in bulk if needed.
About Jim and Laura
Jim and Laura were married 5-1/2 years ago. Jim has five children – Andrew and his wife Jessica of Olathe, Eric and his wife Sarah of Morrill, Martha and her husband Jeramy of Casper, Wyo., Jacque and her husband Cory of Aberdeen, S.D., and Lydia, also of Aberdeen, S.D. Laura has two daughters – Dana of Los Angeles, Calif., and Jessica and her husband Shane live in Seattle, Wash. Together, they have 14 grandkids
Scoby Beef, LLC.
Hearthside is now carrying Scoby Beef, LLC., products. Jim, along with his sons, Andrew and Eric, run a small cow/calf business – Scoby Beef. According to Jim, their cattle are crossbreeds between Irish Dexter and Wagyu.
“We [Jim, Andrew and Eric] have been raising cattle and feeding out those calves and selling them as wholes, halves and quarters to people,” Jim said. “We’ve been looking for an outlet to increase our margin on it [their beef]. We liked the store and the opportunity fell into place.”
Lunches at Hearthside have been available for a while now, and Laura said they intend to keep them going.
“Kristen [Hartley] and Donna [Herrmann] do a good job with the lunch menus, brain storming every week to come up with the ideas,” Laura said. “We have started smoking meat again with the recipes Steve and Lisa [Oom] have given us and will possibly take the opportunity to do custom orders.”
Loyalty and Reward Program
According to Jim and Laura, the loyalty program will continue.
While Jim and Laura have gotten their feet wet with their new business venture, they have had help from Hearthside manager Donna Herrmann and Kristen Hartley, who have been great getting them through this transition.
Looking forward, Laura said they hope to do some remodeling and possibly add on to the building.
Hearthside will be having their Grand Opening on Saturday, Oct. 30. Loretta’s Donut Wagon will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We will have caramel apples and other surprises in store, so everyone come on out and enjoy!” Laura said.