The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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June 21, 2010

Hojack Ice Cream Shack holds grand opening


There’s only one perfect ending to a hot summer day, and it often involves sprinkles, whipped cream and a cherry. And for the folks in Lyndonville, there’s now a place they can go to enjoy a refreshing treat.

While the grand opening of the Hojack Ice Cream Shack will take place Saturday, Barb and John Champlin been serving up sundaes and shakes at the location since May 1.

The Medina couple has owned and operated Champs Mini Mart on Route 104 in Ridgeway and the EZ Shop on North Main Street in Lyndonville for more than a decade. They have been serving ice cream to residents in Lyndonville at the EZ Shop for a number of years, and had also been thinking about opening a separate ice cream business.

John Champlin explained that the biggest sellers at the convenience store are beer, pop, gas and ice. However, during the summertime, there had been so many people coming in to get ice cream that it put off 

their regular customers who were just trying to get in and out.

“During the busy days — hot days, and with baseball — it was crazy there,” said Barb Champlin. “There was nowhere to park.”

With the new location, the couple are able to provide more of an ice cream experience.

“It’s a place to come to ... more of a destination,” said John Champlin. “It’s truly a family thing.”

The Champlins purchased 1 1/2 acres on North Main Street, across from the Lyndonville Fire Department, where the old mill building used to stand.

“We tried everything in our power to save it,” Barb Champlin said of the historic structure. She explained that the couple purchased the property more than a year ago and had been trying to figure out a way to use the building. “It just wasn’t economically feasible,” she said.

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