Grand opening raises money

First Posted: 7/12/2009

DOBSON With a passion for candy and a new store to open up, Debra Parks decided to use the opportunity to do good for her community. So she turned her stores grand opening into a fundraiser.
During the Saturday afternoon event at 515 E. Atkins St., Parks and friends raised a little more than $178. The Foothills Food Pantry and Surry County Animal Shelter will receive $90 each, she said.
We just want to thank everyone that was there. My family, Joe and Wanda Hammer and Aaron Caruthers came all the way from Mount Solon, Va., which is a three-and-a-half hour drive, Parks said.
The opening of Gramys Old Fashioned Hard Candy became a reality for Parks this weekend. She makes 50 different flavors of candy, which she sells by the bag or jar from $1.50 up to $10. The candy is made right on the premises in a commercial kitchen.
The store also offers arts and crafts from six other vendors.
With hot-dog and drink sales, raffle tickets and a karaoke contest, the group was able to give back to its community. A community those at the store hope will support them with their new venture.
Everyone enjoyed doing a line dance and a few people sang karaoke. We may not have had as many folks as we had hoped, but all in all the ones that did come out to support us had a wonderful day. Thank you so much from all of us at Gramys Old Fashioned Hard Candy and Gift Shop, Parks said in conclusion.
Contact Mondee Tilley at [email protected] or at 719-1930.

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