Shade Mountain Winery
Meet the Team
Meet Kyle Ard
Kyle became a part of the Ard Family in 2002 when she married Alan Ard! She originally grew up in the Columbus, Ohio area, but preferred life in a more rural setting which landed her in central PA. With a business degree from Bucknell and many years’ experience in retail management, she has been very instrumental in helping the business to prosper. Kyle has learned how to do it all over the years by assisting with the restaurant upon opening to expanding the business to include catering. She has been a vital part of the expansion of Ard’s Farm.
Not only is it her daily focus to make sure that the business runs smoothly, but she is also in charge of training managers in every department. She is the type of owner who has worked in literally ever area of the business! Kyle will even tell you herself, that she has cleaned the bathrooms because we are a part of a team at Ard’s! This attitude alone is responsible for the loving atmosphere that you will run in to here. Many of our employees aren’t just coworkers, but friends. And even in the busiest of times she is there with a positive attitude ready to help!
On the more relaxing side of things it has always been Kyle’s passion to sew. While sewing hadn’t fit into Ard’s for a while, more than embroidering some of our original clothing, she now creates custom linens for events. Her talent is incredible. She has made our staff Gatsby ballgowns for themed events as well as sewn hundreds of runners for personalized weddings. This is just a part of her creative mind, that keeps the business up to date and performing well.
Over the years, Kyle has become family to many of our employees. Some (not including her children), even call her “mom,” because that is type of person she is. Kyle is always willing to bend over backwards for her staff whether its hemming their clothing or in some cases even covering their shifts! She pours her heart in to the business!