As the venture that started as a part-time hobby became increasingly successful, Nelson decided to take the plunge into small business ownership.
“I chose downtown Middletown not only because I live in Middletown — it’s very convenient for me — but this area is really starting to grow and I like the vibe and eclectic scene that Central Avenue is building,” she said.
Nelson said she is the only employee at the store, but another employee or two could eventually be hired.
“Being that this is a new business, who knows what could happen,” she said. “I’ve been getting a lot of great response from my fellow equestrian community and people in the area so I’m very hopeful for the success the store will bring.”
The Pudgy Pony Equine Thrift Store’s hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
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Chicken Salad Chick
The newest franchise of the nation’s only Southern-inspired, fast-casual chicken salad restaurant recently opened at 6209 Snider Road in Mason.
Chicken Salad Chick’s menu features more than a dozen kinds of chicken salads along with pimento cheese or egg salad, served by the scoop, in bread, with toast or with a croissant. There’s also a selection of side dishes, soups and desserts.
Chicken Salad Chick started in Alabama in 2008.
Eagle Merchant Partners purchased a majority stake in Chicken Salad Chick in 2015. The company has 130 restaurants in 13 states.
Opening the Mason location are first-time Chicken Salad Chick franchisees Beth and Mike Heydt of Ready to Serve LLC.
The local debut follows the brand’s June debut in Ohio in Westerville, near Columbus. Those two restaurants kick off a string of Chicken Salad Chick development in the state. Other locations are planned in Oakley and Anderson Twp.