A new store in Soldotna offers a delicious alternative to traditional gift giving.
Located next to Harry's Family Restaurant at the "Y" in Soldotna, Candy Bouquet is celebrating its grand opening this week. The store has been open since a few days prior to Mother's Day, and now the grand opening is slated to go hand in hand with Father's Day.
A table in the center of the store is full of bouquets prepared just for dad. All four walls are covered with shelves that explode with ribbons, cellophane and most importantly candy of every color and design. While the store has a wide selection of premade bouquets, owner Kathy Waterbury is more than happy to create an arrangement to fit the needs of an individual customer.
Waterbury is also willing to deliver bouquets to locations on the central peninsula and ship anywhere in the country.
The bouquets are created similar to flower arrangements, but instead of flowers, the stems burst with candy and other novelties. The bouquets aren't restricted to simple vases either, they can be arranged in a variety of containers ranging from popcorn boxes, to mailboxes, to coffee mugs or whatever a customer wants.
"We cater to all different occasions," said Waterbury.
Patrons can pick a bouquet from the shelf or they can create their own by mixing and matching with nearly 200 assorted candies, several on-site containers and dozens of ribbons in a rainbow of colors. A mylar or latex balloon can be added to the bouquet for a small extra fee, and Waterbury has several mylar balloon designs which can be personalized with stickers.
Candy flavors range from strawberry daiquiri, to key lime, to sour blueberry or chocolate of every shape and variation. Candy Bouquet also has a variety of sugar-free candies available. Each bouquet has anywhere from 50 to 100 pieces of candy.
One bouquet has jalapeno-flavored candies accented with miniature Tabasco brand hot sauce and cinnamon candies. Another has an Alaska theme complete with moose lollipops. Several others have bumblebee and ladybug chocolates resting on silk flowers.
In addition to the candy, the bouquets have tea, coffee, fishing lures, magnets, soda, chips and even wind-up teeth.
Waterbury and her mother-in-law, Storm Waterbury, are responsible for every creation in the store and can complete a bouquet with at least two hours notice.
Waterbury, formerly in insurance, said she used to spend her day making people angry, but now she has the opportunity to make people happy.
"I was trying to fill a need in the community," she said. "I have received all approval, people think this is such a great idea."
Gift-givers with a sweet tooth should stop by the shop Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This week, in honor of Father's Day, Waterbury is drawing twice a day for jars full of candy. On Saturday, she will draw for the grand prize, a large bouquet with nearly a hundred pieces of candy in it.
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