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By Sarah Corbin
In an effort to shop local, I purchase our Halloween candy at the Ferrara Pan Factory Outlet located at 7301 Harrison Street in Forest Park.
Sylvia, the main clerk, is at work daily with a smile on her face to sell gum drops by the pound, lemon heads by bucket full, or European chocolate covered espresso beans by the bag.
I have thought for years that Sylvia’s main enjoyment at work is the look of shock on people’s faces when she says the low transaction total out loud. This spot is a true bargain. Today, when I purchased a couple of individual sized gourmet chocolate bars and a box of chocolate covered peanuts, Sylvia said it was $2. I added a tub of fresher-than-life raspberry gummy candies and still didn’t spend more than $5. Yes, it is amazing.
The big bag of Halloween candy that you can purchase at Walgreens for $14 is only $10 at the Factory Store. And a big bag of Halloween Fruit Snacks was only $4 or was that $2. Whatever the price, you can bet that Ferrara Pan isn’t going to overcharge you for your special effort to visit this tiny little Factory Outlet Store.
I shop here all year actually. Every birthday our treat sacks are filled with mini boxes of lemon heads. When my cousin comes in from New York or Israel or Colorado, wherever her most current spot on the globe is, we make a special trip for cinnamon bears. When my friend came in from Alaska this summer, the trip to Ferrara Pan was top on her list too.
I love that shopping at the Ferrara Pan store is a total local purchase: local manufacturing, local employees, local owners, local tax dollars.
Now, if only I could find the golden ticket - oh right - that’s someone else isn’t it? I’d still love a tour though.
What is your favorite Ferrara?