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Letter to the editor: Former Gibbs Sweet Station reopening with new ownership and new name, Doc’s

Hello Huron!

The Richert Family would like to share an exciting announcement with you all. The former Gibbs Sweet Station in downtown New Boston will be reopening with new ownership and a new name, Doc’s. We named this building in honor of Dr. Joseph Richert who served the families of Huron Township and the area for more than 45 years.

After graduating from medical school in Missouri, Doc followed his brother, Reverend Daniel Richert to the lovely town of New Boston. This is where Doc and his ever-present wife Jean set up shop in the heart of the town in the spring of 1960. Doc practiced as an old school family doctor; he did it all from delivering babies to making house calls on Thursday afternoons. Doc and Jean, along with their six children, and now grandchildren, have been active members of the Huron Township community and Huron Schools for decades. Family members have served on the Planning Commission, the School Board, the Local Development Finance Authority, as well as many other boards and commissions in the Huron community.

Doc’s children and two grandchildren are thrilled to have obtained this historic and beautiful building that is held so close to New Bostonites’ hearts. In the words of son Jack, “Our Dad always had the lowdown on where an ice cream shop was located, no matter where we were. We would be traveling up north and all of a sudden Dad would take a random exit because he knew there was ice cream ahead.” Jack further stated, “When we acquired the building, we knew that we wanted to continue the solid tradition of the Gibbs family, and we needed a name. We came up with Doc’s pretty quickly because of his true love for ice cream and the town his children and grandchildren grew up in.”

Over the next several months, the Richert family will be making some changes and improvements to the building and site, including complying with American with Disabilities Act requirements of an accessible restroom and wheelchair ramp. Our primary goals are to be open year-round and to have delicious ice cream and coffee drinks available throughout the day in a cozy, nostalgic, hometown space.

The Richert family is looking forward to Applefest this year as we will be stationed outside of Doc’s hosting an exciting event. Josh Bates, a New Boston native, started Mutha Shuckers which a nationally renowned cornhole board and bag producer (www.muthashuckers.com). Josh, along with Doc’s, will be hosting a Cornhole Tournament in the parking lot which is located at the corner of Huron River Drive and Waltz Rd. Doc’s garage will be open and showcasing work of local artisans that may be purchased. We will also have free samples of New Boston’s own Apple Charlie’s donuts and cider to help kick off the beginning of fall season.

Come check us out and help us meet new friends while reuniting with old ones on Applefest Saturday, October 5th at 12pm. We look forward to this new adventure with you all!

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  1. It can sure as hell beat the hell out of American Dairy their prices are way too high and the service is lousy

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