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May 26th, 2010Caramel creators hope success sticks

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by Barbara Soderlin

If Lori Carson’s Caramel Creations business turns out to be as successful as she dreams, with a franchise in every mall, she’ll have a great story about how risk — and, well, stick-to-itiveness — worked out for the single mom and former waitress.

“This is truly how it happened,” she said.

Carson, originally from Rapid City, was living in Newell two years ago when a friend asked if she would like to go in together on a booth at the town’s annual elementary school Christmas fair. A TV program Carson watched, where a woman was selling caramel apples, provided the inspiration.

“They were very plain,” Carson said. “I just had this notion that I could do better.”

But, she admits, “I had no clue what to do.”

The friends paid the $10 for the booth, experimented with some caramel recipes, chose four kid-friendly topping combinations and were soon in business.

“I had this notion that chocolate crunchy cereal might be a good combination, and it was a huge hit,” she said.

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April 22nd, 2009New center is rolling in dough

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Salisbury -- Talk about kneading sweet and salty. A sweet prune rooting near Salisbury University, and guaranteed to lead to addiction, blooms in a few weeks on South Salisbury Boulevard.

Fractured Prune, the Donut Shoppe doesn't just ... Continue Reading »

April 22nd, 2009Chocolate factory reopens at PV Mall

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A few folks at Paradise Valley Mall are hoping that despite the tough economy, consumers have room in their budgets for chocolate.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is celebrating its grand reopening this month after closing in the fall. ... Continue Reading »

April 15th, 2009Eating elk? Try the Shiraz

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While patrolling the three aisles that comprise his empire, Jerry Rivinius stops to recommend a California cabernet to a woman who added the vintage to her cart of wine bottles during a Monday morning shopping trip.

Here, the sounds and ... Continue Reading »

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