I like it up on the hill a lot and you probably do too. There are a lot of very nice things up here. But sometimes I find it pleasant to branch out a little bit and check out what’s there is to be seen nearby. This time my travels took me to On The Run Drive-Thru, which is a really slick establishment just a few minutes away from campus. I don’t know if you’ve had the chance to experience a drive-thru. Imagine one of those loud, mechanized car washes, but instead of giant rotating mops there’s a rad convenience store where you can scurry around gathering all of the items you desire. I had the chance to talk to Dennis, one of the owners and a really swell guy. He let me know what they were all about.
Tell me a little about On The Run
We bought the drive through in October of 2013 and since then we’ve renovated it completely. What you’re seeing is all new. We’ve got over 500 beers and wines all at state minimum prices and we offer a delivery service for a small fee. We’ve also got Lanning’s meats, which are some of the best you can get around here.
What sets you guys apart from the other drive-thrus around here?
We’re a family owned business and it shows. Customers will come to pick things up and I’ll see that they have Wal-Mart or Kroger bags in their car, but they still want to come support us. It’s really the customers that built our business. When we first started out, people would come in and say they wished we had this or that product, so I’d order it. We still do this, if we don’t have something our customers want we’ll try to get it for them.
What are some of your best sellers?
Definitely the macrobrews: Keystone, Natty Light, things like that. Kenyon students have started ordering from us too. I delivered twenty cases to Old Kenyon one weekend.
I saw on Facebook that there’s also a tanning bed here, what’s the story with that?
We had an office in the back that was just wasted space, so it seemed like a good thing to do. With the winter coming we thought that people might like to come in and get a tan. We’ve got two beds now, but most people use the one in the front because it’s got a face tanner.
Anything else you’d like to share?
The biggest thing that’s helped us succeed is word of mouth. If we have a satisfied customer, pretty soon their whole street is coming here. Remember that, it’ll be important for anything you do.