Granville residents Anne Love and husband, Gary, bought the Granville Whit’s in 2012. Now Anne runs the Granville store and Gary the location in Heath. (Photo: Sara C. Tobias/The Advocate)
GRANVILLE – If there’s a name everyone in Granville knows, it’s Whit’s – the popular frozen custard shop. It was Chuck and Lisa Whitman who started it on North Prospect Street in March 2003.
“A lot of people thought, ‘This little custard shop, they’re never going to make it,’” Lisa recalled. “But we really believed in the product and if you believe, and you work really hard, good things will come from that.”
Nine months later they moved the store to the current location on East Broadway and, “That opened the door for us,” Chuck said.
The Whitmans went on (and continue) to franchise Whit’s in a number of locations. They worked the Granville store until 2012 when Granville residents Gary and Anne Love bought it.
“I always loved the Whit’s in Granville,” Anne recalled. “And when we found out the store was for sale we knew we wanted to buy it. It was just such a friendly place. It’s like a meeting place in Granville.”
As owner/operators, the Loves now split their time between two Whit’s stores. Gary runs the Heath store and Anne runs the Granville shop.
“I love being with people!” Anne exclaimed. “And I love that I can share my love for frozen custard with everyone. There’s nothing like giving a sample and seeing a customer’s face light up!”
Anne Love grew up in Avon Lake and Hudson, Ohio. She graduated from Hudson High School, then went to Baldwin-Wallace College (now Baldwin Wallace University) to major in music education.
“I enjoyed being outside, bike riding, and mostly typical kid stuff,” she recalled from her childhood. “Our favorite place to ride was to an ice cream parlor where we would always order banana splits. But I never dreamed of owning a custard shop. I always wanted to be a music teacher.”
“I knew early on that I wanted to me an instrumental music teacher,” she added. “I taught for seven years in public schools until we started our family. I was lucky enough to stay home and raise my children. When they went to school I went back to teaching as a pre-school teacher and I taught private lessons for a while, but I gave all that up when we got so busy with Whit’s.”
“I enjoy being with kids,” she explained. “And I get that at the store, especially with the teenage employees. There are parts of teaching I miss, but I get a lot of that because I’m still with kids.”
“It’s refreshing to go somewhere and know she and her workers are smiling and ready to help you,” said Granville resident Sara Lee. “She’s positive and always has a smile on her face.”
“I always enjoyed,” Anne responded, “going for coffee at Whit’s in the morning and dessert in the evening. I loved being with people and the small town feel of the store. Now, I’m proud of the hard work we do. I love being a part of Granville.”
And does she, let’s say “sample,” the various products at the store? “Oh, yes!” she laughed. “Every day!”
Whit’s Frozen Custard is located at 138 East Broadway in Granville. For more information, call 740-587-3620 or log on www.whitscustard.com.
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