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Business Observer Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022 3 months ago

Georgia praline, candy kitchen opens in Sarasota

The company has been serving pralines and chocolate loggerheads since it first opened in 1973.

Sarasota just got a whole lot sweeter. 

Nestled in St. Armands Circle is a new candy franchise that opened Aug. 25. River Street Sweets Savannah’s Candy Kitchen — the name pays homage to two gourmet candy brands that joined together — is located at 318 John Ringling Blvd.  

“We’ve seen time and again that our Southern confections, family-friendly atmosphere and old-fashioned approach to candy making appeals to people nationwide,” says Jennifer Strickland, co-founder and co-CEO, in a news release. 

The Sarasota location, the company's 24th location, will feature the same Southern confections that have been served since the Georgia-based company’s first store opened in 1973. That includes everything from pralines and handmade chocolate loggerheads to ice cream and gelato.  

“We’re confident the people of Sarasota will fall in love with our historic brand, and we’re excited to bring it to southwestern Florida,” says Tim Strickland, Jennifer’s brother and the company's co-founder and co-CEO. “We’ve come to enjoy St. Armands Circle, the history and beauty of Sarasota.” 

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