BARBERTON: One of Northeast Ohio’s best ice cream shops will be honored next week when Barberton City Council commends Durbin’s Magic Freeze for 60 years of operation in the city.
What started as a tire shop in 1943, expanded into an ice cream store in 1953 when General Jack and June Durbin needed another source of income to support their seven children.
“I bet people don’t know this but they are No. 1 in the state of Ohio for their hot fudge and third or fourth in the country,” council member Carol Frey said. “They’re going to start jarring and selling it.”
Also on the agenda next week will be the vacation and extension of a section of West Tuscarawas Alley next to the Barberton Public Library.
Planning Director Diane Sheridan said library employees went to the planning department with safety concerns for both pedestrians and cars.
If passed, the 50 by 16 foot section will be vacated and, within one year, the curb will be cut out and extended 16 feet, including the sidewalk.