A little less cold and creamy....

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796

 Yarnell's Ice Cream, a  family run  business in operation in Searcy, Arkansas since 1932 has closed it's doors. It is the saddest of all for the Yarnell family and faithful employees who have lost jobs.  It is  sad for the rest of us too.

 Normally I leave the blogging about Searcy to others but I'm making an exception today. Searcy is about 150 miles south and east of Eureka Springs, Arkansas and home to a favorite blogger  Barbara Duncan. See  Barbara Duncan's blog. If you read Barbara's blog you already know a lot about Searcy.

Yarnell's Ice Cream has been a mainstay in our part of the world providng us with plenty of pride in a tasty Arkansas product. Lots of the places where you get hand dipped ice cream served the delicious cold and creamy brand and I for one will be missing Yarnell's. So today my friends the world is a little less cold and creamy, and  little less delicious as another family owned and operated endeavor ceases to be.

Yarnell's Ice Cream ceases operations, 200 jobs ...

2 days ago

Yarnell's Premium Ice Cream ceased operations today after the Board of Directors voted to end production indefinitely. The privately owned company, headquartered ...



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Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker

Laura, It is in deed a sad time.

Marilyn, I know! like all other small communities Searcy did not need to lose any jobs either!

Tish, I agree. we lose a little of ourselves.

Mike. There is never a good time to fold. I'm sure this was very difficult for the family.

Sharon, it stirred my emotions for sure.

Richie, I agree. If you like it BUY IT!

Sally and David, It hurts to lose a local business everytime it happens.

Joni, Ironic isn't it? An ice cream business going out of business around the 4th.

Jul 03, 2011 02:52 AM #9
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

This is a much-too frequent refrain these days.  Even if they are well frequented, the cost of staying in business often makes it cost-prohibitive to compete with the national chains.  I'm sorry to hear this, Charles.  (and I just saw your response to my post.  You are too cute)

Jul 03, 2011 03:03 AM #10
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Charles - Oh no! It's awful when a great local business has to close its doors. It hits harder these days, because there seem to be fewer and fewer family-run businesses and more anonymous chains. Herb and I seek out the smaller businesses as much as we can, to try and help them stay in business.

I hope you're having a good 4th of July weekend!

Jul 03, 2011 03:08 AM #11
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

it is sad when any business closes, but a family business seems to hurt even more, right?  And ice cream>

Jul 03, 2011 03:19 AM #12
Tammy Pearce
Haute Realty 214-994-6474 - Dallas, TX
Tammy Pearce

That's very sad Charles. Maybe they can restructure and start over...?

Jul 03, 2011 03:57 AM #13
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

It's sad to see proud family-run operations struggling to survive. I wish that more people would be willing to pay a small premium to support these companies and their local economies. It seems that not enough people are.

Jul 03, 2011 04:00 AM #14
Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker

Malcolm. We need the jobs for sure and the family business is at risk nearly everywhere.

Tammy. It would be great but nothing is mentioned in the press just yet.

Kristen, Agreed.

Judy, These are sobering, tough times...everywhere.

Mimi, life is good, but not without challenges. I'm trying not to think of those families without paychecks in the middle of summer.

Jul 03, 2011 04:11 AM #15
John M. Scott
BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties - San Francisco, CA
Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area

Charles, its always dissappointing when any local business shuts down. It affects so many people as well as the neighborhood. We lost a popular restaurant here in West Portal. A sign inside the front door says 'closed for kitchen remodeling'. There is a hand written petition taped outside the door begging the restaurant to reopen.  But the real story is that one pay day when employees showed up to get their paychecks, The place was locked down. The owners have left the country...

Jul 03, 2011 07:25 AM #16
Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker

John, It is very disappointing. Chipping away at the economy...

Jul 03, 2011 09:44 AM #17
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

I hate to see a small business close and hate it even more if it should be an ice cream place.  Nothing better than good rich ice cream any turime of the year.

Jul 03, 2011 12:53 PM #18
Mike Mayer
Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC - Lafayette, LA

I must confess, great-tasting ice cream is one of those delectable passions. Maybe I could talk you into swapping some Cajun culinary delight for some of your sweet treats before they completely run out!

Jul 03, 2011 11:20 PM #19
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Charles....seeing things like this happen reminds me of the old barns I photograph......they were both such a big part of our history....now they just fade away....nice post!

Hope you have a great 4th of July!---Rob

Go Vols!

Jul 04, 2011 12:12 AM #20
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Charles - this is sad indeed!  I hate to hear when these old established and loved companies go out of business.  They played a large part in the growth of the areas and then they are suddenly gone after many faithful years.  

Jul 04, 2011 12:25 AM #21
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS

Chas ~ It's always a sad day when a Mom & Pop business closes it's doors in a community.  It's also a reminder that small town America is drifting away.  I make a point of patroning small businesses... a lot of hard work goes into start-ups and even more hard work to keep them running.  I happen to be a huge ice cream lover too!

Jul 04, 2011 09:28 AM #22
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


I'm seeing shops close up frequently here in Texas too and it's very concerning. I think this is another great example of how we shouldn't take things for granted. The Yarnells Ice Cream Family run business was part of your life because you are part of that community and to know it's closing its doors forever leaves a hole in your heart, doesn't it?

I guess the lesson learned here is that nothing lasts forever. History teaches us this; yet as humans we want to cling on to the past despite the economy or what it takes to stay in business.

Jul 04, 2011 02:43 PM #23
John Howard
Century 21 LeMac Realty - Mountain Home, AR
GRI, Mountain Home, Arkansas 870-404-3614

Charles,  Good post..So Sad to see the end of Yarnell's.  I Love their Ice Cream!  

Jul 05, 2011 03:37 AM #24
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

Sad, I imagine it was hard to compete with the big boys on price. I for one glady pay a buck more per gallon for some "Klienpeter Ice Cream" (our local dairy).

Jul 05, 2011 05:00 AM #25
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Charles, Yarnell's Ice Cream has always been available in the grocery.  Its sad that the economy of the last couple years has been their undoing.  The loss of the company in Searcy will affect greatly affect the area.. with 200 direct employees in a town of 8000, it will be felt. 

Yarnell's ice cream has always had that rich "home-made" flavor.

Jul 05, 2011 03:24 PM #26
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good morning Charles.

That is a sad story...

We should always support our local businesses.

Jul 06, 2011 12:50 AM #27
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

When I was a kid, we lived in Storrs Connecticut, home to the U of Connecticut - they have their own cows and make some of the world's best ice cream.

When I moved back to this country I made a point of taking a vacation to Storrs with my kids so they could experience that ice cream - fresh and creamy!



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