OSTERBURG — The O-burg Creamery, Café and General Mercantile store opened earlier this month on the site of the former Osterburg Country Store.
The owners are the Diehl family, who are longtime residents of the town.
Denny Diehl, who opened the store with his wife Laurie and niece Tera, recalled the times he spent as a child in the old country store. He wanted to mix that same feeling with new and refreshing ideas.
“The main thing is fresh ingredients,” Denny said.
When Denny started remodeling the store, he started deciding what kind of items he would like to have on the shelves and what he wanted to sell in the cafe. Denny had some problems lining up vendors in sufficient time, and opening dates were pushed back. Obtaining all the proper permits and licenses also forced him to push back the opening.
As the Diehl family worked long hours to complete opening day, Denny said, “People I hadn’t seen in years stopped and poked their heads around. The response was incredible.”
Opening day attracted a steady stream of customers. Cinnamon rolls and coffee were the first items to sell out after the doors opened.
The store also offers Pennsylvania skill games, dinner seating, and a seating area on the back porch. He also wants to feature a signature barbecue once a week, saying he’s planning beer can chicken, beef brisket and pulled pork, to name a few. Pizzas, sandwiches, ice cream and boba drinks are also on the menu. A larger parking area was added to the rear of the building in addition to the front spaces, which are still in use.
A photograph of the city, by Travis Leap, fills the wall near the coffee bar. Denny hopes to collect photos of local children from the 70s to create a collage to display on the wall. As he stocks the shelves, the empty spots have a sign asking what customers would like to see sold there.
Laurie Diehl, said, “My dad passed away recently and I want to make this a store he would go to.”
Denny expressed his gratitude to his family for all their help, his daughters Devin, Darcee and Danelle, as well as his niece and business partner, Tera, and cousin, Darin, who will be the store’s cook.
“And of course Aria, she’s the boss,” Laurie Diehl said with a laugh, referring to their granddaughter.
Denny wants to bring the community together, see them sit down and talk, “two things I like to do, eat ice cream and bull ****.”
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