Hartville business owner Beth Barton Daugherty answers five questions
Beth Barton Daugherty’s parents, Robert and Mary Barton, opened the Hartville Chocolate Factory in 1986 when she was a teenager. She worked there on and off over the years. Beth usually worked there during college and vacation breaks and was the store manager until she decided to open her own retail store four years ago.
“After graduating from Springfield High School in 1988, I attended Grove City College in Pennsylvania, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish,” she said. “I stayed in Pennsylvania for 12 years before moving to Hartville in 2004. My husband Tim and I have seven adult children, two dogs and two cats.”
Her business is called My Sister’s Place and is also located in Hartville. It is a one-of-a-kind boutique that features handmade products from around the world, with proceeds benefiting women in need here and in other countries. The store offers international fair trade items, as well as items made by local women. Additionally, she sells assorted clothing, jewelry, and artifacts from around the world. and she collects cash donations and requested items for 12 local, national and international organizations that serve women in need.
What was it like working at the Chocolaterie when you were young?
Prior to opening the Hartville Chocolate Factory, my dad sold furniture, fireplace inserts, and lawn equipment, so I was beyond thrilled to hear that we were going to be opening a chocolate factory!
I was 15 at the time and usually worked there on Saturdays and holidays when we were particularly busy. Once I left for college, I worked at the store whenever I was home. My brother, Bobby, has worked there since it opened in 1986.
Currently, I’m responsible for the company’s social media, but I also help out a bit with purchasing. When the pandemic hit and my own store was temporarily closed, I enjoyed working in retail at HCF. And, I always appreciate the opportunity to tell others about chocolate. I have 35 years of trivia!
What have been the best-selling chocolates over the years and how many do you think have been sold?
By far, our best-selling chocolates have been our Fresh and Delicious Chocolate Peanut Clusters.
Our Double Dipped Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Deluxe Chocolate Covered Apples are also customer favorites. And few can resist our homemade, hand-dipped peanut butter buckeyes!
Why did you decide to become a small business owner by opening My Sister’s Place?
Ever since I was young, I watched my dad as he chased his dreams. Even at 81, he still shows incredible enthusiasm for what he does. He enjoys interacting with the public, sharing his passion, learning more and more every day.
Being an entrepreneur has always appealed to me. I think I love people and sales as much as my dad!
I believe God gave me the vision for my store. When I was barely 5 years old, he instilled in me a love of colors and cultures, as well as a desire to know more. Throughout my life He has been preparing and equipping me for this exact moment. My experiences – the good, the bad, and the ugly – have all brought me to where I am, and I’m very grateful for that.
The support I received from my husband has been incredible. He told me one day that he would fully support me in this endeavor until God said “No”. I know Mom and Dad would like me to work at HCF, but they also know what God has called me to do.
What do you enjoy most about being part of the Lake Township and Hartville business environment?
The Lake Township Chamber of Commerce and Historic Downtown Hartville are both very supportive of small businesses in the community.
Many local merchants work together on projects, events and promotions that reach visitors beyond our region. There’s just a great camaraderie between the traders, which I really appreciate. I always feel encouraged and supported.
To illustrate my point, the owner of a nearby antique store recently visited my shop. She noticed that one of our “pre-loved” nativity scenes was missing a sage – available free for newlyweds. She arrived a week later with one she had found in her extra parts box. It was a perfect match… and it was free! The shopkeeper just wanted to help me.
Do you share your three favorite things to do in Stark County when you’re not working?
My husband and I are both self-employed and honestly have very little time (or energy) to go anywhere we would like to go in the area.
Still, we love discovering new restaurants and unique shops in the area. When people think of Canton, the Pro Football Hall of Fame comes to mind. When they hear about Hartville, their thoughts often go to Hartville’s hardware store, restaurant, and flea market. Corn …
There’s so much more to see and do in Stark County! Cafes, antique stores, family restaurants, miniature golf, family shops, ice cream parlors and an abundance of chocolate businesses. And, each of these small, local businesses has its own special charm, the likes of which are rarely found in department stores or franchised restaurants.
Merchants are often passionate about what they sell and they work hard to earn your business. And if there ever was a time when they needed our support, it’s now.
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