Joy Lyn's Candies has been serving up delicious treats on the ridge since 1969. Over the years, the tricks of the trade have been passed on from owner to owner. Current owners Bill and Pam Hartley took over in 1999. Bill traded in his bullet proof vest for an apron, after serving as a police officer for nearly 30 years, and Pam retired from her career in special education. They say the transition wasn't easy.
"Lots of failures. We had to eat a lot of them, but yeah it's a lot of work. You're on your feet all the time, most of the day," says Pam.
Joy Lyn's makes 70 different kinds of candies, and they do it all using about 10 different machines in the store. The Hartleys have added their own special touch to the store by partnering with local businesses like Sierra Nevada Brewing Company to create their famous beer brittle. It's not just their products that make them stand out. The couple also played a major role in helping to start the Paradise Chocolate Fest.
"For the first 5 years it was just a Boys and Girls Club benefit. Now it belongs to its own non-profit organization and benefits many more youth. So we're basically spreading around the funding to help as many youth on the ridge as we can," says Bill.
The Chocolate Fest will kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday morning at Terry Ashe Park. For a complete list of the day's events, we've posted a link on our websites.