Candy wonderland at London’s Masonic Temple

Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
(From left) Nancy Smith, Karen Streit, Harriet Dana and Joyce Raub display some of the many goodies available at the London Federation of Women’s Club Christmas candy sale.

(Posted Nov. 21, 2019)

People come from all around to shop at the London Federation of Women’s Club candy sale. And every one of them walks away with a sweet deal.

On a recent Friday afternoon, a steady stream of shoppers filed through the door of the pop-up store located inside the Masonic Temple at 65 N. Main St., London. One group included a London resident whose two sisters and good friend traveled from Chillicothe. They said they make an annual tradition of loading up on treats at the sale.

Many folks are just like them, coming year after year to support the sale. Some even come more than once in a season, said Karen Streit, a Federation member who is working the sale this year.

There’s plenty of opportunities to stop by. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Closing day is Dec. 21.

Customers can choose from 62 varieties of candy, including sugar-free options. Among the shop’s most popular offerings are the peanut brittle, double chocolate covered peanuts, orange slices and vanilla cream clusters. New this year are dark chocolate sea salt caramels.

Candy can be purchased by the pound, in gift trays, or as customized gift baskets and treat bags.

Volunteers from the Federation’s various clubs staff the temporary shop. They sort and weigh the candy, assemble custom orders, and wait on walk-in customers.

Proceeds from the sale go toward the upkeep of the Federation’s home base, the Coover Club House on North Main Street.

The organization’s clubs are the Career Women’s Community Club, Coover Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Delphians, Happy Hour Needle Club, London Bridge, TAC Bridge and the Twentieth Century Club.

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