What started as a vision for an ice cream shop evolved into a coffeshop and cafe, Barnyard Coffee & Creamery, offering experimental taste twists at the No Offseason Sports complex in Russellton.
Barnyard owner Holly Johnston, a Richland resident and Shaler native, worked for years as a sales rep in the food business, often with ice cream products and snacks. But she had never operated her own business. When her sales job became a victim of the pandemic, she was determined to strike out on her own, ideally in ice cream.
An opportunity arose in September 2020 when her husband, Jeff, met Charlie Vrabel and Becky Dewey, the brother-and-sister owners of No Offseason Sports, with three locations in the area.
The pair mentioned their plans to build an ice cream shop as part of the Russellton location, which was new and growing. Jeff passed on the tip to his wife — and it was a light bulb moment. She was already familiar with NOS because her son played sports there.
Johnston, 50, drew…