The Sweetest Treats in Town!
Mandy Kokales, Owner/Operator
Opening a retail candy shop has been a life-long dream of mine. In 1990 I started my first creation "Mandy's Candies Concession Company", a 1920's cigarette girl themed business. The candy girls were always a hit dressed in pink skirts and donning pill box hats selling from a tray of lavish concessions of candies and novelties. They worked in several different venues, including concerts, special events and night clubs. Shortly after the creation of Mandy's Candies Concession Co. I created Incite Promotions, a promotional modeling company where professional models represented products for national beverage suppliers such as Bacardi Rum, Coors Light, Jagermeister, Budweisser, Captain Morgan Rum, and several Micro Brews. I sold both business after six years of success and moved back home to Kalamazoo to marry my high school sweetheart. Therron and I have been married for fourteen years and have two amazing and lovely daughters Regena and Belle.
While owning my own business has always been my passion, I also spent several years working in real estate and media advertising as well as a volunteer at The Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, Community Healing Centers, and Rock For Kids concerts during the summer. In 2009, after realizing the need and business potential for print advertising in my local area, I created and published the Kalamazoo Clipper, a direct mail advertising coupon magazine.
Even though business has been good, I never lost my desire to open a retail candy shop. Call it the power of prayer because what seemed to be the right timing and a perfect location in October of last year my dreams and prayers become a reality, everything started to fall into place. I found a "diamond in the rough" a historic building built in the 1800's that was vacant. With tremendous help from my stepfather, John Nelson, and my landlord, Art Bryan, we resurrected the entire interior and my candy shop was born! Mandy’s Candies is located on Main Street in the heart of the Village of Vicksburg. I have always been enamored with this quaint little village which has an outstanding array of unique shops.
Mandy's Candies has an inviting ambiance with a touch of retro, old fashioned candy store feel. Our antique looking penny jars holds a variety of bulk chocolates, hard candy and an assortment of candy from the good ole’ days. We also have a delicious showcase of chocolates, caramel corn, taffy, cupcakes, and cookies. Mandy's Candies not only satisfies your sweet tooth, but it is a fun and charming little shop to visit.
Hope to see you soon!
WE LOVE MANDY'S CANDIES!!