Constant gardening and creating primitive folk art was the start of this story's creative beginning for well over 15 years. Jacki Hersman, founder, has always enjoyed cultivating herbs, and, way back when, she loved creating reproduction floorcloths based around 17th and 18th Century wall patterns. Jacki's family even had a little shop called the Cinnamon Heart in historic downtown Lisbon, Ohio, and one in downtown Columbiana, Ohio too. But, back then her love of traveling the East Coast got the best of her, and she could never resist its delicious cuisine.
Jacki was always a closet foody. Enter one Steel Trolley Diner. This beauty is also located in downtown Lisbon, Ohio. This shiny gem caught her eye in 1992 and stole her heart right away. For over 20 years Jacki and her family have enjoyed preserving this classic's history and bringing back favorite diner dishes from a long gone era of the 50's.
Of course, because of time, she had to make a decision between her creations at the Cinnamon Heart and her new passion of being a chemist in the kitchen and award winner of many recipes through the Diner. The Steel Trolley is with her today. She always will be. But she's not the only one who caught her attention around that same time.
In 1993 Jacki purchased "Boxwood," a 200 year old Society of Friends Quaker Church, to become her home. She has become the cornerstone for much of Jacki's inspiration. It still has the old barn in back to continue work on primitive folk art... and of course Boxwood is home to a luscious garden filled with herbs, flowers and fruits. Some of Jacki's best creative moments are spent this garden studio, relaxing with a glass of wine and smelling the rosemary and lavender just outside. This is where Divine and the White Church Company idea came to be.
For the love of travel, food and fun and the constant quest to create extraordinary experiences... The White Church Company looks forward to the many adventures ahead!