Longtime business changes name; owner joined by all three sons


Sourced from Dubois County Free Press

Within the past couple weeks, Landy Gabhart’s business across the street from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper has went through some changes.

First there is the name change. Known as Winkler’s Natural Foods for more than 20 years, the popular shop’s name officially changed to Midwest Café and Market recently.

The change to Midwest Café and Market was necessary due to the legality of operating a business under the same name registered with the state. To comply with the state, the store decided to hold a naming contest taking suggestions from customers; some of whom took it very seriously.

“We had people coming in with lists of ideas,” Landy’s son and front store manager Todd Cassidy said.

Landy said the winning name suggested by Chris Price stuck due to it not pigeon-holing the business. Known for their awesome muffins, salads and coffees, Landy and crew want to have the option to expand their offerings in the future.

“I like the neutrality of the name,” she explained. “It doesn’t put us in a box like the other name. Everyone has their own perception of health and what is healthy. Now, it’s like anything goes.”

Landy made the muffins at Winkler’s when it was owned by Rachel Winkler and her husband Dave. She provided those for about three years until finally taking over as owner of the store.

The second change is that all three of Landy’s sons now work at the store. Todd, 22, and his younger brother Kurt James, 20, have worked at the store for a while. Older brother Michael, 24, just joined on a fulltime basis in the past week.

Each has their own specialty. Todd is the front man; his cheeriness greets customers as they walk in the door. Kurt’s strengths are in the kitchen. And Michael brings a degree in business and marketing to the table to help guide the company forward.

“It’s what I have dreamed of,” Landy said. “I didn’t really know what was going to happen with the business.”

The 52-year-old was concerned with keeping up with the demands as well as the future for the business. “Now I feel like we can keep it in the family,” she explained.

She hopes she can turn the business over to her sons in the next year or two, but Landy isn’t going anywhere after that. “I am still going to be here,” she laughed. “They better get used to that, I am going to be here until I die.”