Hot in July

WOW, what a month it’s been!

I was hit with the heat at the beginning of the month, as the 80s are not my favorite temperatures, and it made for some pretty uncomfortable days at work and nights of sleep. But, I made it through, of course, and just kept focusing on work. July (and all of June) has been some of the most hard-working moments for me, and I am definitely not in the best shape I used to be in either. Thankfully work has evened out better and I’m not so hit by the labor of candy making. And the candy making in general has been working out pretty well, despite all the mandates and extra preparedness procedures that we’ve been following this summer at May’s Candy Shop.

Peanut butter fudge
Love Potion fudge – our coffee chocolate fudge
A batch of Monsters, with caramel setting and waiting for a layer of chocolate on top
Peco flake – our brittle with peanut and coconut
Cherry fudge waiting to be flipped
Blueberry fudge

Although some places downtown have opted to stay closed for the season, others have changed gears and reopened as new businesses. The Old Time Photo shop has turned into a Little Bookstore, and I’m definitely all for it!

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been spending at least a partial day off the island to give my car a good drive around St. Ignace, and just being able to drive around for an hour or two is a nice enough break from the island sometimes! St. Ignace also has some wonderful places to visit, such as their Museum of Ojibwa Culture, as well as a few shopping places downtown like the French Outpost. But once I’ve done my driving, I just hop back on the boat.

Boat views
On one of the few rainy days we’ve had recently

I’ve had the pleasure of at least taking walks around the areas of the island close to downtown, including places like the Grand Hotel’s secret garden, the boardwalk, and Devil’s kitchen. M-185 was closed for repairs for awhile but has opened back up recently. You can still see some erosion in spots but for the most part it is bikeable. I recently decided to walk to Devil’s kitchen and the views did not disappoint, with clear blue water and splashing waves against the boulders protecting the island, watching the ferries sail by along with a rogue speedboat or freighter passing through, and the wildflowers growing over every spot available, the views were enjoyable all over the place.

Peeking at Devil’s Kitchen

I hope to continue getting more walks in and hopefully venturing further into the island if my schedule allows it ~ and here’s hoping for steady work to continue at my fudge shop, and for everyone’s businesses downtown. Take care, everyone!

Until next time,

Heather

 

Memories from June

What a whirlwind the month of June has been!

Last month (I can’t believe it’s July already) has been filled with all kinds of new beginnings, including starting up my business much later in the season than  I’m used to. The vast majority of islanders are very serious about mask wearing, and businesses here are certainly doing their part to keep their employees and customers safe with social distancing and mask wearing in stores. I myself had a heck of a time getting plexiglass installed, but I have to say that the end result tuned out to be a good match with the overall store decor, plus (and more importantly) provides a barrier between customers and the marble slabs where I make all of my candy.

Since I missed out the income that I usually get from May and early June, I’ve been making most of the candy myself, along with some help from my candy gals (that’s the name I call my salesclerks!) as well as a few very supportive island friends of mine.  There’s one thing for sure that has remained exactly the same, and  that is the tried and true May’s family recipe for candies, including fudge.

Classic Chocolate Fudge
Grandpa’s Peanut Brittle, thinnest in town!
One of our newest flavors, Love Potion: A coffee flavored fudge using coffee from my sister’s store, Lucky Bean Coffeeshop

 

Along with the long hours of hard work going into the fudge shop, I do my best to get out and at least run errands around town. Mask wearing among tourists seems pretty low, but I feel as though it’s been going up more recently. We absolutely want all visitors to know they should at least bring a face mask on your trip here, since many stores will require you to have one on in their stores.

 

 

The scene down by Carriage Tours with 6 feet distancing markers
Fort Hill and Marquette Park – still a gorgeous view in June
I don’t know why I took this picture so far away from the sign, lol – these blue sandwich boards can be found all over, encouraging visitors to wear masks and keep a safe distance from others

One thing we missed this year was the Lilac Festival, but the lilacs still showed up for us! I had planned on opening my shop the day after the scheduled day for the Lilac Parade, and therefore was able to take a little time to walk among the lilacs:


And just a few more views from down by the lake…

I’m looking forward to having a healthy and fun July month! I hope you’re all staying safe out there, too! Until next time,

Heather

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Nearing the Season’s End

The main portion of the tourist season is almost over, marked usually by the passing of Labor Day. Once we get into September, although there is still activity throughout the island, business definitely dies down. I just wanted to post a few of my favorite pictures from the fudge shop this summer:

We start most days by making one or all of our three types of brittle. Here, we’re waiting for the base of our peanut brittle to boil over before adding the peanuts. Sometimes it forms the shape of a heart in the middle, so once in awhile I’ll try to take a picture of it…

It didn’t quite reach that heart shape here
We are literally overflowing with peanut brittle!

 

Below, some of our Pecan Glase, and then some more peanut brittle…

Slicing fudge from the marble tables:

Emptying a kettle full of our third brittle called Peco Flake, a brittle with peanuts and coconut:

And a finished loaf of peanut butter fudge:

~Heather