Did you ever have one of those days when you wish you could escape from the adult world of restrictions and responsibilities and just go crazy like that proverbial “kid in a candy store?” Well, a short drive to the new Goodie Barn on Quaker Road will bring a smile and treats galore to satisfy the kid in you. Kimberly and Michael Ruffini have opened up the Goodie Barn at 2926 Quaker Road alongside their home, and the cute renovated barn is open from Wednesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Barn has cotton candy, buttered popcorn, caramel corn and other gourmet popcorns, gourmet covered pretzels, gourmet candied apples and more. They’ll cook you a hot dog on those quaint rollers or you can get a snow cone (all the usual sweet flavors and even sour lemon!). If all that doesn’t satisfy your sweet tooth, Kim told me that the sometime in the future there will be funnel cakes! Isn’t that fun? It will be like having a mini-carnival to stop by whenever you get the urge. Oh, diets be damned…everyone needs a treat once in a while.
I’ve often got my little great nieces and nephews in tow and I can’t wait to take them to the barn, although it could be habit-forming! The kid in all of us responds to those candied apples and cotton candy clouds of old. Some things never go out of style. While our apples may not have been double dipped in caramel and slathered in M&M’s, the new gourmet types have lots of fans.
The Ruffinis will be bringing some of those goodies to our Thursday Barker Farmer’s Market, beginning June 12 so you’ll get to see their wares, but do stop by the cozy Goodie Barn. It’s like a secret hideaway for smiles on your daily commute. Watch for more on the story in the Union Sun & Journal. Kudos to Kim and Mike for starting a little family business despite shaky economic times. If the calories bother you, convince yourself that you’re supporting your local businesses. It’s a big job, but someone has to do it! Hey, it works for me.