Pop-up candy store opens its doors in London

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Among the volunteers helping with the London Federation of Women’s Clubs’ candy store are: (from left) Marjorie Daniels, Bonnie Hamilton, and Ruthanne Johnson.

(Posted Nov. 15, 2023)

The London Federation of Women’s Clubs is at it again. Their annual pop-up candy store is in full swing, with many options to make the holidays sweet.

Every year, the group sets up shop temporarily in the Masonic Temple at 65 N. Main St., London. This year, they are offering nearly 60 varieties of candy, including sugar-free options. New this year are Chick-o-Sticks, coconut assorted fruit, coconut chocolate and caramel, dark chocolate and milk chocolate espresso beans, Kringles peanut butter, licorice drops, lemon drops, and pinwheel fruit starlights.

From orange slices and peanut brittle to peppermint puffs and snowflake pretzels, the choices are sure to make anyone’s mouth water. Of course, there is plenty of chocolate to be had, too. Dark chocolate sea salt caramels, chocolate covered marshmallows, and chocolate toffee mix are just a few of the possibilities. For a full list of items, visit www.columbusmessenger.com/local-advertisers.

Customers won’t only find plenty of choices but also plenty of volume.

“We ordered 1,000 more pounds of candy this year than we did last year,” said Martina Walters, a member of the candy sale committee. “It’s still a good idea to come early to be sure to get your favorites.”

The candies are available for purchase by the pound, in gift trays, or as customized gift baskets and treat bags. The organization takes cash and check only–no credit cards. Customers can shop in-person or place curbside pickup orders. For curbside service, call (740) 835-6713.

For the second year, the Federation is holding a candy basket raffle. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will take place on Dec. 15. Entrants need not be present to win.

The shop is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed on Thanksgiving). The store also will hold special hours on Nov. 26, 2-6 p.m., in conjunction with London’s Old Fashioned Christmas festivities.

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, Delphian Society, TAC Bridge and the Twentieth Century Club. Each club is required to maintain a charitable component to their programming. While not part of the federation, the Phi Beta Psi Sorority helps with the candy sale each year.

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