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Satisfy your sweet tooth this summer! 0

Lori Penner
Ziko, Zam, and Hizee Pankratz, along with Katie and Logan Zacharias can hardly wait to play the role of retailer and consumer at the Neubergthal Candy Store.

Ziko, Zam, and Hizee Pankratz, along with Katie and Logan Zacharias can hardly wait to play the role of retailer and consumer at the Neubergthal Candy Store.

If you've got a craving for some old-fashioned candy at an old-fashioned price, Neubergthal is the place to go this summer.

Drop in at the Neubergthal Candy Store, where you'll find candy the way it was meant to taste.

There's old-fashioned toffee, sponge toffee, Prize popcorn, jawbreakers, and many other yummy treats you won't find anywhere else.

This sweet little store is set in the historic Friesen Housebarn Interpretive Centre in the heart of Neubergthal. The one-and-a-half storey dwelling with attached barn was built in 1901 and is one of several period housebarns along the street that forms the traditional Mennonite farm village, a national historic site of Canada.

The candy store is located in what was once the "Koma" or pantry of the house.

Run by local youth, every shelf holds something delightful.

The shelves are stocked by Neubergthal residents Bruce and Jaime Friesen-Pankratz.

"We wanted something with old-fashioned charm that would be fun for the kids, but would also bring back some sweet memories for the grown-up visitors," Jaime says.

But they didn't want run-of-the-mill candies. They hunted for sweets at the Nutty Club in Winnipeg, which features many treats from decades gone by.

"It's very fitting in this historic setting," Jaime says. "And the prices are pretty sweet, too. This is the one place where a penny can still buy you something!"

This is the second year the store will be in operation, and Jaimie says they know it will be just as popular as it was last year.

"It's all part of the museum experience," she says, adding that guests at the housebarn are welcome to tour the site as they enjoy their treats.

This year, the Neubergthal Candy Store will open for business on Saturday, June 30.

The hours of the store coincide with the hours of the interpretive centre: Sunday 1-5 p.m., Thursday 4-8 p.m., Monday, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store is closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

"Come on in and take a little step back in time," Jaimie says.


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