By Dane Osen
For the Courier 

Soup's On at The Apple Trolley

 

James Walling / The Courier

Joy Guttenberg and her mother-in-law Mary Jo pose at the Apple Trolley on Nov. 18.

The Apple Trolley, located next to Crazy Woman Quilts in Glasgow's Plaid Square, is now offering soups to add to their menu of sweets and other snacks. Owner Joy Guttenberg is preparing the soups from scratch, and will be switching up the shop's menu from week to week.

The idea came to Guttenberg while she was craving soup at work. She kept finding local eateries' stocks sold out Admitting jokingly that her decision to offer soup was out of selfishness, she recognized the opportunity to expand the shop's horizons and lure customers in with her delicious cooking.

Guttenberg opened her business in the Flathead Valley nine years ago, first in the tourist town of Big Fork, and later relocating it to the city of Kalispell. The story of bringing her business to Glasgow is somewhat like a fairy tale of sorts. It begins with her coming to Glasgow for a hunting trip with friends Dan and Darcie Fast. The hunting trip was guided by Tim Guttenberg, whom Joy would eventually marry. Her initial thoughts of Glasgow were that it was cute town and friendly.


After that initial trip, she decided to enter in the local AAUW bazaar with her candied apples. She prepared 250 apples for the bazaar and quickly sold out of them before noon, with several people asking her if she was going to start a business in Glasgow. Another friend in the area she was familiar with, Della Gardiner, helped her secure a spot to locate her shop, and she has remained in business in the area for the last six years.

Guttenberg has had plenty of help from her family in operating her business. After opening in Glasgow, her mother managed the Kalispell store until retiring three years ago. At the Glasgow shop her husband Tim and step-son Chase often lend a helping hand, and her three-year-old son, Joel, is always there to greet and assist customers. The Apple Trolly also takes orders through their online shop, shipping delicious treats across the country and have even had treats sent to troops in the Middle East.

To get your soup fix or to sooth your sugar tooth, visit the Apple Trolley located at 23 US Hwy. 2 East. The Apple Trolley is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 to 5:30, and on Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00. To place an order, call 406- 228-2915 or visit http://www.appletrolley.com.

 

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