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Syracuse’s Speach Candy celebrates 100 years of sweet business (video)

Syracuse, N.Y. — There is a sudden demand for fudge.



a young boy sitting at a table with food: Michael Speach Jr., president and head chocolatier of Speach Family Candy Shoppe, packages pieces of pumpkin brittle to sell. Sept. 21, 2020.


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Michael Speach Jr., president and head chocolatier of Speach Family Candy Shoppe, packages pieces of pumpkin brittle to sell. Sept. 21, 2020.

With few other options for fall entertainment in the sixth month of the coronavirus pandemic, families started flocking to Central New York orchards. And the families want fudge with their apples.

So Speach Family Candy Shoppe’s phone has been ringing off the hook this fall, with local apple orchards asking to restock fudge and candies. Speach’s president and head chocolatier Michael Speach Jr. feels a little stressed. It’s a busy time. But he much prefers the rush of orders over no business at all.



website: Speach Family Candy Shoppe celebrates 100 years in business in 2020.


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Speach Family Candy Shoppe celebrates 100 years in business in 2020.

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Candy retailer finds internet fame as COVID-19 forces a pivot

DISPATCHES FROM A PANDEMIC

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Nema Causey

It took a pandemic for Nema Causey, the head of a candy retailer, to discover that she was sitting on a viral internet goldmine.

Even before the World Health Organization officially declared the COVID-19 crisis a pandemic in early March, Causey noticed that orders were starting to dry up at Candy Me Up, her San Diego-based business that specializes in selling sweets to retail clients for use in events like candy buffets.

“I was tripping out because I never fail in business,” said Causey, 33, who “hustled” candy to classmates back in middle school and then started a candy-catering company at age 18 that served as the eventual inspiration for her current business. “I was 99% sure we were going to shut down,” she told MarketWatch, as her storefront began taking a big hit in February.

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