JACKSON CENTER — Family Business Owner Scott Scherer recently decided to settle down – sort of.
He took his business, Saucy Sows, and turned it into a store.
“I knew Jackson Center had a need for fresh meats, deli meats and cheese,” Scherer said. “There’s no where to get anything like that around here. You’ve got to drive to a neighboring town.”
So he opened Saucy Sows Meats and Deli at 213 E. Pike St.
Scherer, who has lived near Jackson Center for around 10 years, has been selling Saucy Sows for four and a half years, and his mustard, BBQ, and horseradish sauces are in 270 stores around Ohio, and nearby states.
In addition to the Saucy Sows products he already sells, the store has a deli counter, Amish baked goods, farm fresh eggs, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and beef and pork jerky.
“I’d kind of like to make this like a destination for people to come and get their jerky and meat sticks,” he said.
What’s selling the best so far are the deli meats and cheeses, Scherer said. “The town loves having fresh deli meats and cheeses, and the fresh pasta and potato salad.”
While none of the products are made in-house yet, because of lack of space, they slice all the meats and cheeses to order.
They also like to sell Ohio Proud Products, products made and grown in Ohio. They are also a member of Ohio Proud.
Scherer will be keeping his full-time job out selling Saucy Sows, but will help out in the store when needed. His employees are his family: wife Denise, son Stealth, and daughter Blazie.
“It’s way better than working at a labor intensive job like at a factory,” Stealth told the Sidney Daily News on Wednesday as he was stationed behind the counter helping the customers as they trickled in.
“The enjoyable part of being here is the townspeople praising us for being here,” Scherer said. “When they walk in the door, they’re like, ‘thank you so much. I’m tired of driving to Anna or Sidney.’ That’s definitely been the most rewarding part.”
While Scherer knows how to run a business, an actual store has presented several challenges.
“Trying to have everything that everybody wants in a small store has been a challenge, and trying to find out what people want,” he said.
Eventually they want to expand their store in their existing space. Products Sherer would like to carry, once they have the space, would include wild game meats like boar, deer, and elk. He would also be interested in adding more produce.
Once the store gets up and running a little more, they plan to have an opening sale, he said. Check them out on Facebook for more details soon. You can purchase Saucy Sows products at saucysows.com. You can reach the store 937-638-7950.
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