Main St. candy maker retires
November 5, 2010
Steve Lund ran the Village Candy Shoppe at 314 Main St. for 11 years. He called it quits this fall to spend more time with family.
"I was semi-retired I needed something to do," he explained Thursday. "It got to where it became more of a job, less of a hobby."
His career had been in commercial candy plant management. He began making candy at age 15. After years of working in an office, he took the opportunity in 1999 to open a store on Main St. and get back to what he enjoyed most working with his hands and interacting with customers.
"The retail store was the most fun I’ve ever had. I like to talk; I enjoy people. That’s what you miss when you retire not the work, but the relationships," he said.
But the recession made running a small business on Main Street less enjoyable.
"I began slowing in 2007 in Park City the financial cost got to be where it wasn’t fun," he said.
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Back in 1999 he opened close to the same time as his friend next door with Village Keepsakes.
Penny Pettit now runs the store and has moved into the space vacated by Lund. It’s half the space and more appropriate for her current operation, she said.
A souvenir shop must stay innovative to stand out, she said. When you carry the exact same items as everyone else, competition becomes about who has the lowest price, she said.
One thing she’s doing differently is carrying Del Sol products locally-made merchandise that changes colors in the sun. With a large storefront window facing south, Pettit said she can now draw attention to products that can’t be found elsewhere in Park City.
Also unique to her store is Pettit’s own line of Danger Woman products. They are popular souvenir items with custom designs she copyrighted. To further customize her offerings, Village Keepsakes now has an embroidery machine to add names or messages to hats, t-shirts and more. Soon she’ll offer on-site screen printing, Pettit said.
Ralph Anderson manages the entire building and said he is still seeking a tenant to fill the space vacated by Village Keepsakes.
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