Ashland's Silver Street 'a hidden gem': Bursting with shops, and still growing

21 Dec 2018

ASHLAND — Nearly 20 years after founding Cheri O’s, Cheri O’Kelly still rushes to work every day.

“I don’t know how many people can say that,” she said. “At my age and as long as I’ve done this business, it’s hard work, but I still speed to get here every time I’m on.”

It’s the customers — whom she considers part of her family along with her employees — who keep her coming back every day to the combination coffee shop and old-fashioned soda fountain. 

Most regulars have their orders ready by the time they arrive. One customer, who passed away recently, came to Cheri O's three times a day, seven days a week.

“Morning, noon and night,” O’Kelly said. “And we knew when he was coming. When he sat down, we had his breakfast ready.”

Continue to full article