The Oberlin Review

Slow Train customers place their orders at the cafe's rear entrance. Many of Oberlin's downtown businesses have changed the way they operate to allow for social distancing.

Oberlin’s Small Businesses Face Slow Summer

June 13, 2020

Small businesses in Oberlin continue navigating challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, despite Ohio moving forward with its gradual reopening plan. Local businesses were hit hard by the state-wide stay-at-home order issued March 22, which curtailed business in Oberlin and sent students home.  As part of his Responsible RestartOhio plan, Governor Mike DeWine reopened restaurants and bars for outdoor dining on May 15 and dine-in service on May 21. However, many of Oberlin’s businesses rel...

Cowhaus Creamery employee Eddy Marflak stares out the window of the empty store. According to the owner, Cowhaus has experienced a decrease in revenue after losing parking spaces during the Gateway Project construction and may have to shut its doors.

Cowhaus Creamery Threatens Closure

February 20, 2015

Due to a significant decrease in revenue, Cowhaus Creamery has been forced to consider closing its store. The owners point to the lack of parking caused by the nearby construction of the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center at the corner of College Street and Main Street as a major reason for this drop in profit. Josef Bomback, OC ’76 and the coowner of Cowhaus, said the store has experienced a 30 percent decrease in revenue compared to the previous three years they have been in business. He said this...

Moo-ve Over Yesterday's: The delicious varieties offered at Cowhaus Creamery prove better than those offered elsewhere.

We All Scream Pt. 2: Cowhaus, New Cone on the Block

September 23, 2011

Last week I sampled both Yesterday’s and Gibson’s ice cream flavors with the hope of choosing a winner. No clear champion emerged, but with the opening of Cowhaus Creamery on Friday, Sept. 16, Oberlin’s newest ice cream shop, perhaps the tie will be broken. Cowhaus, located next to Slow Train Cafe on East College St., is an artisan ice cream parlor that features many local ingredients and bowls and utensils that are 100 percent compostable. The ice cream itself is made just 10 miles away at...

We All Scream Pt. 1: The Best and Worst Ice Cream Flavors in Oberlin

Nancy Roane, Staff Writer

September 16, 2011

Oberlin’s two ice cream mainstays, Gibson’s and Yesterdays, offer the community over 40 ice cream flavors. This weekend, Cowhaus Creamery, a new ice cream shop next to Slow Train Cafe, will open, pushing the flavor spectrum well past 50. What to do when so many choices are presented? The simplest answer is to judge every single one of them. The first day, I traversed Main Street to Yesterdays, a friendly, locally owned establishment that happily accommodated a non-customer who ate roughly a coneful of ice cream (if not more) by the end of the 32-sample extravaganza. After that adventure, I continued on to Gibson’s, a family-owned grocery and deli that serves ice cream among other treats. The staff was a mixed...

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