Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Taste of Something New or Just a Trip Down Memory Lane

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Taste of Something New or Just a Trip Down Memory Lane

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WHEN Alice and John Gallagher moved to Lismore from Perth six months ago to be closer to John's family, they were keen to start a business that would allow them to engage with the locals.

Having grown up in a small town in Scotland, Alice was used to being part of a close-knit community, so she set about scouring the local area looking for business opportunities where she could get out and meet people.

With fond childhood memories of trips to old-fashioned candy stores in her mind, and a love of all things sweet and delicious, Alice saw there was a gap in the market for a dedicated lolly shop, and Alice's Candy Box was born.

Located at Shop 10-11 Summerland Arcade, 98 Woodlark Street, in Lismore, Alice's Candy Box is every sweet tooth's fantasy. With chocolates and sweets from all over the world, and loose lollies in jars measured and served the old-fashioned way, the store has already become a favourite with many locals.

"I have such great memories of childhood trips to the candy store," Alice said. "And I wanted to recreate that, to make a place that is a real experience."

Alice (pictured), designed the store herself, bringing to life the candy stores of her memories. "We have lots of goodies from America like Hershey Bars, Reece's Peanut Butter Cups and Pop Tarts, as well as drinks like Cherry Coke, Dr Pepper and Grape Fanta. These are really popular because people see them so much in movies and on TV. There are also a lot of American students at SCU who now have a place to get their candy fix."

"We also have a lot of English chocolates. People love these because they are different to Australian chocolate Co not better, just different. Australian chocolate has solidifier added to it to stop it from melting, and the English chocolates don't, so they have a real melt-in-your-mouth quality," Alice said.

"And there are lots of Aussie sweets that people can't get everywhere that we are bringing back, too," she said. …

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