Dear Friends of Flesor's Candy Kitchen,
Pool passes are purchased, older children have graduated, Memorial Day plants are placed, and seeds are germinating in the fields. Summer is here in Tuscola, Illinois!
Flesor's Candy Kitchen workers are busily scooping ice-cream for young and old and “lightening up” our Sunday lunch specials. We're also happily welcoming tour groups on big buses which have added our store to their Central Illinois itineraries. Every day Tanger Outlet Mall employees send shoppers to Flesor's for lunch and candy and old-fashioned soda fountain confections, and every day we provide directions to new friends trying to locate Amish Country and all of the attractions Arthur and the surrounding area has to offer. There is so much to do here!
My sister and business partner Ann has not been in the store as much lately, and let me explain why: She's working her heart out to complete her dissertation for her PhD, something she has been wanting to do for years and now it is finally, really happening. Ann is writing about all of those crazy Greeks, like our Grandfather Gus, who settled in small towns, mostly in Illinois, but also in surrounding states and went into the CANDY BUSINESS.
Ann has been spending lots of time reading dusty books and newspapers in basements of dozens of tiny public libraries, and she has been interviewing lots of middle-aged and old folks about their parents and grandparents. She has also been reading tons of history books focusing on migration theory and God knows what else. And despite my grumbling and jokes, I'm very proud of her. I admire her dedication to “our” history, and I will appreciate having Ann's scholarly document to share with my children and, someday, their children. This doesn't mean, of course, that Ann is “off the hook” for dipping chocolates, for we need her skills and “supple fingers” (as one reporter described them) during our busy holiday seasons. You go, Girl!
Looking forward to seeing you this summer! Fill the tank and grab Grandma!
Yours in chocolate,
Devon and Ann
The Flesor Sisters
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