The members of the Good Hope Lions would like to remind the community that the annual Good Hope Lions Candy Store will be open until Dec. 24 or until they run out of candy.
The store will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. The 60 members of the club will be on hand at various times throughout the season to help with the candy sales, according to Jeff Fetters, Good Hope Lions Club member.
Over 40 types of candy, including several sugar free varieties and gift baskets, are available for purchase. The varieties include bulk fudge, baby ribbon candy, caramel creams, cherry slices, chocolate covered peanuts, caramel peanut cluster, coconut bon-bons, cut rock candy, gum drops, Hershey Chocolate Kisses, malted milk balls, milk chocolate stars, old fashion Christmas hard candy, orange slices, peanut brittle, peppermint puffs, chocolate pretzels and much more. The candy is sold in one or two pound bags for most and they expect to sell roughly 12 tons of candy, which is what they have sold in the past. Special orders can be placed upon request.
“All of the money goes to local charities and Lion Sight Saving programs,” Fetters said. “We have given a lot of scholarships to Miami Trace, Washington Court House and Greenfield. Then there are the food pantries in Washington Court House and Greenfield, since Good Hope sits kind of between them, that we help. We get people from Columbus and surrounding areas that come down to buy candy just from this store. I myself like the pecan caramel clusters, like a turtle, but our number one seller is usually vanilla clusters.”
A new addition to the store this year is the ability to pay with a credit or debit card. Fetters said this decision was made to help make the process more convenient when buying the bulk candy. Fetters said that it feels very good to get that kind of support year after year. He said that they always have repeat customers and some families will even make it like a “field trip” where they come annually to buy candy.
“Make sure you come out and help to support these efforts and grab some delicious food and great gifts of candy for your family or yourself,” Fetters said.
The candy store is located at the old Gusweiler Toyota Building at 333 W. Court St., Washington C.H.
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