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Member Spotlight - Candy Crate

Today, Red River's Candy Crate is owned by Angela and Wes Black.

Angela is originally from Pennsylvania and decided to move to Red River in 2020, after she fell in love with the town. Acting upon a friend's invitation to come visit, she found a place to stay and settle into the mountain life. Wes first came up to Red River from Texas in 2006. His initial experience was Hot Summer Days, Cool Mountain Nights weekend. After a few months here, he returned to Texas but continued to look for work here. It didn't take long, taking over management of the Lazy Miner Lodge, now known as Hotel Ryland.

The Candy Crate and the Red River Inn evolved over many decades, then in August 2021, Angela and Wes Black purchased the property and have continued to develop and evolve the business.

Angela says that the Candy Crate has been here so long, generations of families return time and time again. It's like an old-fashioned mercantile or general store, where they come back to see what's new.

They employ a team of ten staff and they also own the Red River Inn, located behind the Candy Crate. The previous owner of the property had been a member of the Chamber of Commerce for 30 years, and Angela and Wes joined once they took over the business.

Wes says it's always fun to hear children yell out, "Candy!" as they come through the door. In addition to their world famous Candy Mountain Fudge, they are quickly becoming known as the northern mountains' "Bigfoot" store, carrying a large variety of Bigfoot items, such as shirts, hats, stickers, mugs, games, puzzles, toys, and more. If you time your visit right, you might find their delicious homemade "Squatch Crunch" fudge for sale. Don't forget to get a photo with Critter, which is their massive Sasquatch carving standing guard near the store's entrance.

They continue to look for new and interesting candy trends to offer their customers. Their latest offering is freeze-dried favorites, such as Skittles and Starburst candies.

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