The Good Hope Lions Club Candy Store is open for business as of this past Monday, and it is chock-full of sweet treats just in time for the holidays.
According to co-chairman of the Good Hope Lions candy committee, Jeff Fetters, this is the 33rd year for the candy store in Washington C.H. The store, which opened Nov. 16, is stocked with about 10 tons of candy to accommodate the many repeat customers the store is accustomed to having. With people in the surrounding counties, and some coming from as far as Columbus, the store is set to have another successful year.
“The first day of business was good, record breaking almost, especially for a week-day,” Fetters said during an interview Tuesday. “We will be open until Christmas Eve or until we run out of candy. Besides Thanksgiving, expect the store to be open all week, every week.”
The store, located at 333 W. Court St. in the old Gusweiler Toyota Building, will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. The 60 members of the Good Hope Lions Club will run the store on a volunteer basis and the candy is sold in bulk.
“We do take credit cards, checks and cash,” Fetters said. “The money made from the store goes back to the community and to Lions International foundations. We personally donate it back to charity for scholarships and other projects. I want to thank members who have already volunteered and all of the others who will take time to help raise this money. Also a big thank you to Gusweiler Toyota, who donates the building for us to use. We really appreciate the community support and we hope everyone makes it in to get some candy.”
With 50 varieties of regular and 16 varieties of sugar free candy, there is plenty to choose from, including Buckeyes, hard tack candy, frosted pretzels and vanilla peanut clusters.
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