‘If you can spend 23 years making people smile and making people happy, it’s a pretty damn good way of having used your life,’ says retiring owner
Rita Robinson and her husband Dean are retiring as the owners of The Candy Shoppe after 23 years of welcoming locals, cottagers, and tourists to their sweet shop.
The popular Highway 11 South business has been a staple of many summer vacations, serving up joy for young children and nostalgia for adults offering flavours from their childhood.
Robinson is now 65 years old; her husband is 60, making it time for them to walk away from the business, they say. The store on the opposite side of the highway closed in January 2021 and the southbound store is set to close by Nov. 1.
“We’ve worked every Saturday and Sunday for 23 years straight,” Robinson said. “We’ve never had Easter or Thanksgiving with our family,…