The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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June 20, 2011

Former Mrs. B’s mini golf and ice cream reopens with new owner

MEDINA — The former Mrs. B’s ice cream stand and miniature golf course is back in business. On Friday, Belinda Conners reopened its doors and began serving sweet treats from the Ridge Road destination.

Conners has been bringing the place back to life over the past several weeks. After Mrs. B’s closed in 2009, the property was sold at auction and Richard Fisher snatched it up. Fisher owns property to the east and west of the location, where he grows and sells fresh produce. Conners, who rents a house on the same property, is leasing the golf course and ice cream stand from Fisher to start her own business.

“It was just one of those things. I was just sitting there doing the dishes, and it was like something thunked me in the head,” she said of her decision to open up shop.

On Thursday, Conners invited students from the Orleans County Christian School, where her daughter Hannah attends, to stop in for a test run. While she is starting with just ice cream, Conners said she will begin selling hot dogs, hamburgers and other delicatessens at the shop shortly.

“It’ll be a little bit out of the ordinary,” she said of the menu, which includes Perry’s ice cream and condiments.

Conners is a Barker native but has lived in the Ridgeway area for about 10 years, and is a self-proclaimed “health nut.” She said enjoys cooking in a holistic manner, with foods that don’t include any hormones or preservatives.

“I try to keep it local,” she said of the ingredients she uses. “I get fresh strawberries from the farmer’s market when they’re in season. ... I plan to have hand-cut fries, deep fried corn, hand-made patties. ... I like to know where my food is coming from.”

Conners also plans on easing her way into the business.

“For now we’ll keep it simple, because I’m kind of new at this,” she said Thursday while students waited in line for ice cream. “These guys are my practice.”

But she does have some experience in the food service industry. Conners worked in various capacities at local restaurants such as the Middleport Inn.

“I pretty much did everything,” she said. “Waitressing. I was a short order cook.”

Conners will be assisted by her family as she launches the shop, but may be hiring additional help as business grows. Hours at the 11074 Ridge Road shop are 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.


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