NEW GLASGOW – There’s no way to sugarcoat it.
Candace MacDonald, left, hands over the keys to Heavens Delight Fudge and Candy Shop to its new owner and operator Samantha Russell Wednesday. MacDonald is content that the business is going to Russell, who will be moving the store within the mall to face Provost Street. JOHN BRANNEN – THE NEWS
Candace MacDonald, owner, operator and fudge maker extraordinaire, saying so long to her candy shop.
Heaven’s Delight Fudge and Candy Shop in the downtown mini-mall in New Glasgow will soon be under the new management of Samantha Russell.
MacDonald has owned the business the last five years but said it’s time to focus on family.
“My dad is ill and it’s time to take a break,” she said. “There was a time I thought I’d have to close it and that would be it.”
Enter Samantha Russell. Literally.
MacDonald said Russell was in the store a few weeks ago and overheard a conversation that the store would be closing. She didn’t even have to sweet talk Russell into considering buying the shop.
“We talked a lot and found we had a lot in common,” said MacDonald. “The rest is history.”
According to Russell, all the papers have been signed, a business account is about to be opened and applications are out to the province for tax purposes.
“This place will basically stay the same with its wide selection of rare candy and best fudge in town,” she said. “Candace will be staying on a while to train me how to make the fudge just right.”
Russell plans to move the store from the middle of the downtown mini-mall to the front, where the Scrap and Stamp Among Friends store currently is facing Provost Street.
A grand opening will take place in the new location in early March.
“There will be lots of surprises and tickets for a candy gift basket for those who spend more than $30,” said Russell.
Other changes include expanding the shop to include gluten-free, peanut-free and sugar-free candy sections and healthier overall options.
She’s worked previously with a distribution company that sells health products so don’t be surprised to see health supplements in the candy store.
According to MacDonald, feedback from the public has been overwhelmingly positive and supportive.
“People want the store open to buy the Honeymoons, Spring Hill Easter Bunnies, Robinson’s and Ginger Chocolate,” she said. “They want to be taken back to their childhood with this candy.”
She said it’s almost as if God sent Russell into the store that day.
“She’ll keep the name and the fudge, which is what matters. I can’t wait to see what else she’ll do.”
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