Candy Cottage display featuring McCrea's Candies Caramel

Celebrating Independent Retailer Month

McCrea’s Candies not only sells its award-winning caramel on this website but also partners with over 1,300 retail shops throughout North America.  These small businesses are the backbone of our country’s economy.  Since July is Independent Retailer Month, we thought it might be fun to highlight a few of these independent shops.

But first, why shop local?  Great question. Check out the infographic below for just a few reasons why you may want to support your neighborhood’s businesses: 

 INfographic: Why Shop Local

As you can see, independent retailers play a key role in building our nation’s economy.  They are vital when it comes to creating sustainable cities, towns, and communities.

These small shops come in all shapes and sizes.  McCrea’s Candies is carried by florists, gourmet food emporiums, gift stores, artist lofts and so many more. Here are just a few of our retail partners:

Sparrow Box Company is the epitome of what small business is all about. The enterprise was founded during the pandemic when its owners realized the devastation the 2020 shutdown was having on our economy, especially in small town America. The company’s mission is to support hard working businesses by creating gorgeous modern gift boxes showcasing artisans and businesses across the United States.

Sparrow Box Company

The Candy Cottage is another small business dedicated to meeting the needs of its neighbors and community.  The store has been a staple in the downtown Holliston, Mass., business area since 2001. As Holliston’s Hometown Candy Store, it offer unique treats, custom gift baskets and more.

The Candy Cottage

Zingerman’s is a family of small food-related companies and entrepreneurial ventures. Each is located in the Ann Arbor, Michigan, area. Our caramel is featured in the Zingerman's Candy Manufactory. Known for creating old-fashioned American sweets by hand, its candy bars have made many “best of” lists


Long River Gallery, located in White Junction, Vermont, shows the best of fine art and crafts from across the state as well as from neighboring New Hampshire.  Over 150 artists exhibit their various media, including painting, pastels, photography, printmaking, ceramics, glass, jewelry, textiles, and sculpture.  A keen eye for the artistic is what sets this gallery apart.  

 Long River Gallery

Rala is a little shop of treasures located inKnoxville, Tenn. Established in 2010, Rala is an inventive retail space that provides a venue for modern goods and gifts made with love by artists from around the corner and across the world. Rala specializes in creative gifts for creative people.   


Peppy's, located in Vidalia, Georgia, is an upscale gift shop specializing in cards, candles, stationery, gourmet foods and serving ware, ladies' pajamas, robes, spa wraps, jewelry, and a wide selection of baby items. 


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