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December 28, 2012

Mom & Pop’s ice cream shop has its scoops ready

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MANKATO —

They include a sword with the initials “ WCE” on the pommel. Erin Gatchell thinks that might refer to the World’s Columbian Exposition, an 1893 Chicago event celebrating the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the New World (in 1492).

Erin Gatchell also talked a bit about why they eventually made the decision to open.

This June, the couple announced two days before they were to open that they would instead try to sell the business. The store would put too much strain on the family and its other business, Gatchell Imaging Products, Erin and Tammey decided at the time.

But a combination of an unproven store concept and a shaky economy meant they couldn’t find a buyer. And the hiatus gave the family the time to make changes that would allow them to run both businesses.

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