Candy Bouquet, the business Pennie Edberg opened in the Brainerd lakes area, is going out of business.
The candy shop with its decorative baskets opened six years ago and now has a store front in the Grizzly Center just off Highway 371 in Baxter.
Edberg said she has to sell and is moving on to other opportunities. Edberg started the business in 2004.
The Candy Bouquet business and its inventory is for sale. Owner Pennie Edberg said purchasing the business is an opportunity to get a jump start into their own operation. She plans to sell and close her store in Baxter by Dec. 1.
For someone who wants to operate their own business, she said the option to purchase the Candy Bouquet business and inventory is an opportunity to get a running start.
Edberg has been faced with a few challenges. She lost a shipment with the 35W bridge collapse in the Twin Cities. And Edberg said the store was broken into and she was injured by a horse. She was still recovering, when she was one of several business forced to relocate after a windstorm severely damaged a retail building along Highway 371 North in 2007.
"That was a nasty year," she said.
The building was subsequently torn down and Edberg relocated her business to the Grizzly Center, where she has been for the past three years.
Now her plan is to close the business and sell everything by Dec. 1. Edberg's lease is up at the Grizzly Center. She said the opportunity is there for someone else as the season is getting into the store's busy time of year with the approaching holidays.
"For the Christmas season they'd be able to jump right in," Edberg said. "I think if someone found another location it could be a tremendous opportunity for them."
Those interested in the franchise would have to travel to Little Rock, Ark., for about a week of training, Edberg said.
As for her plans, Edberg said it was time to move on.
"We gave it a shot," she said of the business. "That's all we can say."
RENEE RICHARDSON may be reached at email@example.com or 855-5852.
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