n 1976, Hobart D. Smith opened Bart's Homemade Ice Cream in downtown Northampton, Massachusetts. Everything in his shop was made from scratch with the finest quality ingredients available. His super-premium ice cream earned kudos throughout New England and in some national publications. A few years later, when Bart was ready to sell, he would only consider a buyer with the same passion for excellence. He knew he found that commitment in Barbara Fingold and Gary Schaefer, two Social Workers looking for new careers.