Bookstore to hold Isaly’s reunion

MANSFIELD, Ohio – Main Street Books of Mansfield, site of the first Isaly’s store, will provide an opportunity for people to share their Isaly memories and memorabilia by hosting an Isaly’s reunion Sept. 7 from 6-9 p.m.

Brian Butko, author of “Klondikes, Chipped Ham and Skyscraper Cones: The Story of Isaly’s,” will be on hand for the event.

Main Street Books is located at 104 N. Main St. in Mansfield.

The Coney Island Diner will serve the dairy’s famous barbecued chipped ham with chips and a soft drink at the event. Klondike bars and the Isaly history book will also be available.

The history of the Klondike bar, America’s best-selling ice cream novelty, is recounted in Butko’s book. It also tells how the family-owned dairy marketed the bar regionally for six decades before America discovered it.

Isaly’s became the world’s largest dairy store chain by the 1940s with 400 stores across Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

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