Historic Mo. candy company marks 100th birthday
Historic candy company in southwest Missouri town of Webb City marks 100th birthday
WEBB CITY, Mo. (AP) — A candy company in the southwest Missouri town of Webb City has turned 100.
The Joplin Globe (http://is.gd/KPtIVo) reports that John and Gus Klenkious opened the Minerva Candy Store in 1905 in St. Louis. They built the Webb City store in 1913.
The most recent owners, Tom and Mary Hamsher, completed renovations on the store a year ago. Its marble walls, mirrors, octagon tile floor, tin ceiling and antique cabinets are all unique and original to the candy store.
In the candy kitchen, the marble tables, where generations of candy makers cooled fudge, still serve as the foundation for candy-making operations.
With the store's birthday festivities behind them, next up on the owners' to-do list is to begin making hard candy. That's what earned the company its reputation decades ago.
Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com
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