Carrie Rengers

Widow, son take over Sig's butcher shop

With the Sept. 2 death of Sigmund "Sig "Everhart , 59, some devoted customers of his Sig's Gourmet Butcher Shop in Derby have wondered what will happen to the store.

"We're going to continue to run it just like Sig was still with us," says Aretta Everhart , his widow. "This was his dream, and we're going to go forward with this."

Everhart is running the business with her 29-year-old son, Justin .

"His daddy worked with him for quite a bit and taught him as much as he possibly could," Everhart says.

The Everharts opened the shop in the former Pizza Hut building at 300 S. Baltimore seven years ago.

"Sig had always wanted to have his own meat shop," Everhart says.

"He loved his customers.... He loved knowing their families."

Everhart says her husband loved "making them feel like we weren't just business owners. We were their friends."

Sig Everhart's death from a fall was unexpected, though his health had been poor for several years.

Aretta Everhart says that for more than three years, her husband couldn't work regularly at the shop.

"He hated that because this was his baby. He loved this business."

He'd still come in and talk to customers about how to cook a roast or steak.

"He knew so many people, and he touched so many people," Everhart says.

"They have reached out to us. It's a blessing, but it still hurts."

Jack's North Hi sells

There's a new owner of Jack's North Hi Carryout .

Austin Herron, 25, will run the restaurant. His grandmother purchased the building for $106,000 at auction Thursday.

"She's kind of my mortgage company," Herron says, laughing.

Barbara Moore has been running the restaurant since the November death of her husband, Joe , who reopened Jack's in March 2009.

Moore says the restaurant was her husband's labor of love — not hers.

Herron has been wanting to own a "burger joint," he says, and Jack's seems to fit.

He plans to keep the name, recipes and even the same food vendor.

"You know, my grandfather's name is Jack , and the name (of the restaurant) is already established. ... It would be kind of dumb to change it."

In the majority of the six-decade-old restaurant's history, there were only two owners.

In recent years, ownership has been less stable.

Herron hopes to change that.

"We'd like to keep it going for another 50 or more years."

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—Author Jeannette Walls , whom Watermark Books & Cafe brought to the Orpheum on Wednesday, on how Midwestern readers are the best readers in the country