The Hicklins Savor Last Valentine's Day Running "The Candy House - KOAM TV 7

The Hicklins Savor Last Valentine's Day Running "The Candy House"


For Pat and Terry Hicklin Valentine's Day is a labor of love.

"The 13th and 14th as far as the volume, the single highest day of the year, the 13th is usually our busiest day of the year," says “Candy House” Co-owner Terry Hicklin.

And the holiday brings back a lot of memories of customers past.

Co-owner Pat Hicklin says "We've had a few people and especially one comes to mind is a dear sweet man, that for how many years, 15 -20 years brought in his yellow heart box which we don't sell anymore. And every year it was like especially fun because he'd come in to get it for his little sweetheart every year."

But soon there will be a new candy man in town. Last month the Hicklins announced they were closing up shop. After outcries from the community, TAMKO’s CEO David Humphreys and his wife Debra stepped in to buy the business.

David Humphreys says "I'm never going to replace the old candy man; he's always going to be the candy man. But it's going to be a lot of fun."

Pat Hicklin says "I think the wonderful thing about it is not to have to worry everyday about the general hard part about the business and keeping the bills paid and working all of that process so it's nice to hand that off to somebody. I can come here and just have fun."

Sales for their most popular items, chocolate covered strawberries, soared when they first announced they were closing. And with their re-opening the “Candy House” is on track to do about 60,000 strawberries for the Valentines Holiday.

The Humphreyses plan to learn from the Hicklins in the kitchen and capitalize on their success.

Humphreys says "I'm hoping we can expand their sales, grow their business and make this an even bigger part of a broader community."

The Hicklins expect Friday to be the busiest day this week. They are open on Saturday and Sunday operating on extended hours.

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