his is part of a year-long ‘Love for Local’ series called NB365: portraits of New Brunswick entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations. Huddle is a media partner with Love for Local. Today, we hear from Andrew and Saundra Smith from Cobbler’s Lane Fudge Factory in Sussex.
WE WENT INTO BUSINESS BY FLUKE! OUR DAUGHTER, BRAYLEY, WAS 13 AT THE TIME AND WITH SUMMER APPROACHING WAS WONDERING WHAT SHE WAS GOING TO DO FOR THE SEASON.
She had been baking since she was 2 with her Grammie Smith and fudge was one of her specialties. We got her set up in an unused space in the Apohaqui store. She did everything from baking, waiting on customers, sales and banking. It took us a couple of months to realize what kind of stir she had created.
The decision to continue was an easy one to make! We grew very quickly and a move was a definite need. We’re coming up on a year of being at the barn and it’s like we’ve always been there.
We are continually in awe at the support we get. Local for us is literally the whole province. We are amazed at who comes to see us and even drive up to an hour and a half to get to us, and back again after a sweet treat. All this for fudge!
Corporate orders this past Christmas were absolutely amazing. We kept saying yes, we can do that and then went to bed at night wondering HOW we were going to do it! But we did because that’s who we are. We just never know what idea we’re going to come up with next. We have a barn to fill after all!
We are in the process of planning the Prom for the local SRHS grads for the end of this month and we are hoping that will bring a much-needed feel-good feeling to the grads and the town.
Maybe saying yes to the next project makes us feel like bouncing around from one to the next, but it is also how we get to make our community better and it’s also how we get to meet so many great people. That’s how we chose to do things around here, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.