It's tough buying local when you're looking for toys, textiles, or anything else once manufactured in New England and moved overseas. The happy exception to this rule is Sweet Lorraine's Candy Shop in Barrington, Rhode Island, whose wonderful variety and high quality are mostly due to the excellence of our native confectioners. According to owner Bob Sullivan, the emphasis on local product was not intentional, at least at first. It just so happens, most of the best candy makers in the country call Rhode Island home. The Honor Roll includes: Rudy Hauser of Westerly, Garrison Confections of Central Falls, and Sweenor’s of Wakefield, the biggest Chocolatier in the state.
Sweet Lorraine's opened 4 years ago, ending the five-year candy drought the town of Barrington had experienced. The layout of the Shop is bright and pleasing to the eye. Also pleasing to the eye are the neat and inviting displays of chocolate, fudge, chocolate-covered cherries, peanut brittle, all designed to satisfy the most demanding sweet tooth. Another important point, according to Mr. Sullivan, is that the chocolates are manufactured in a nut-free environment, a health precaution not always taken by other merchants.
Reliance on local suppliers extends to the packaging. Boxes and bags are obtained from Morris Co. and Union Paper, respectively, both Rhode Island companies.
When the time comes to make a Valentine's Day purchase of sweets for the Sweetheart, chocolates for the anniversary, or just a box of chocolate-covered cherries for an evening at home watching romantic movies, buying quality and local go hand-in-hand at Sweet Lorraine's.
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