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“But we invited them in,� said Vic, adding the family went home with a number of different samples. “They came all the way out here; we weren’t going to turn them away.� About the opening, the Bodes said they are hapR0013265709

Penny’s Fudge Factory reopened today, May 1, and carrying on the tradition couldn’t be sweeter for Vic and Carol Bode. The Pakenham couple, who also own Scoops Ice Cream and Carnivic Lodge bed and breakfast, purchased Penny’s from former owners Syd and Judy Gravel after the Gravels announced their retirement last year. “We didn’t want to see this place close,� said Vic. “I’m happy we have the opportunity to carry on the tradition.� For Carol, it’s a coming-home. A just-retired Catholic school teacher, she began her career as a music instructor at St. Michael’s School in Fitzroy. “It feels like my life has come full circle – I’m back,� said Carol, who’s also involved with Rural Root Theatre. “The way I see it, I didn’t retire; I changed jobs.� In keeping with tradition, the Gravels taught the Bodes their secrets to making perfect fudge and peanut brittle. “In March, Judy and Syd spent two days teaching us how to make fudge,� said Vic. “Fudge is brand new to me� but, he added that employees Beatriz Bednarek, who’s worked at Penny’s for eight years, and new manager Cheryl Hughes, both have a real knack and passion for it. “My father taught me, ‘Always hire people smarter than you,’� said Vic. “We’re hoping for a very successful season. I want it to be a comfortable workplace and continue the expectations and traditions (of Penny’s). The work fun has to be in there

thing new: Scoops ice cream, along with their handdipped waffle cones and homemade ice cream sandwiches. Vic and Carol have also stocked the shelves with local offerings – Miss Meadows Honey from Pakenham, Lindsay’s Maple Syrup from County Road 29, Deb’s Valley Foods from Stittsville and Abbott Granola from Almonte. And of course, the traditional popcorn Jessica Cunha/Metroland and candy floss, Carol and Vic Bode rescued Fitzroy’s beloved fudge factory from and other old fashmothballs. The Pakenham couple take over from Syd and Judy ioned candies are arrayed around the Gravel who struck the sweet deal. store. “We’re in the Ottawa Valley. It’s a small somewhere – we’re doing this for fun.â€? The Bodes also hired eight local students mom and pop business. We want to promote for the season. Mentoring young workers is local food production,â€? said Vic. “It’s meant to be a fun place to come out just as important as running the shop, said for a Sundae drive – Sunday spelled d-a-e.â€? Vic. A family from OrlĂŠans with relatives vis“You want to help mentor the kids coming along, create the ideal workplace,â€? he iting from out of town made the trek out last said. “I get a lot of personal satisfaction week to Penny’s. “When they arrived, they realized the coming to work.â€? Aside from the traditional fudge, the shop wasn’t open yet. Bodes are also offering some-

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