RAPID CITY, S.D. — 12,000 square feet of pure sweetness – Rushmore Candy Company may feel a bit like you’re walking through Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory – with walls lined with treats from nostalgic to new age and classic.
Wendy Bobbe, Owner of Rushmore Candy Company, says, “Any candy you can possibly think of that is still being made anyway. We have a lot more trinkets and gift items like the dream catchers, socks, some cute mugs of like Disney characters, things like that. It’s just a little more where you can come and do shopping for an entire gift and have a good package to go.”
There’s a kitchen with gourmet chocolate treats that are made in-house and coffee bar along with ice cream and shaved ice.
They’re also featuring made-to-order gift baskets to cater to locals and creating a sugar rush experience for tourists as well.
The Krause Family, who is visiting the area from Washington State, says they enjoy visiting candy shops and mentioned what they purchased: “A little bit of everything- yes – taffy, licorice, hot sauce, bubble gum, seasoning mix – weird drinks.”
Once you enter the store all senses are taken over. Bobbe says that they worked hard to get the store up to snuff for the opening, saying, “Everybody’s eyes light up which I absolutely love and that was the goal the oos and the ahhs I am loving – we have had great comments so far about the decor and what we offer.”
And it’s not only the kids grabbing handfuls of sweets at a time – it’s also the adults.
Bobbe says, “Adults are sometimes worse than the kids and their baskets are little fuller – we’ve got bigger baskets here with wheels, so they are filling up.”
The Krause family adds, “Adults love coming into these candy shops because they are all full of stuff that we had when we were kids, that’s why we do it, we like to see the old candy. It’s like going to Disneyland for an adult.”
Bobbe says this location will be open year-round with indoor and outdoor seating options.
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