In QUIN's candy land, local goods dominate the shelves (Photos)
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
QUIN's Jami Curl combined her love of two things — quality candy and locally sourced ingredients — into a new West End store. Click through for a glimpse at the new retailing effort from Curl, who also owns St. Cupcake.
St. Cupcake owner Jami Curl's new candy shop QUIN is all about the local angle.
Strawberries for her gumdrops come from Dayton's Miridian Farms. So do the hazelnuts that are part of the Best of Oregon Caramels. The other two key ingredients for the chewy goods are salt that's harvested, from the Pacific Ocean itself, by Netarts Bay's Jacobsen Salt and honey from Bee Local Honey.
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The lollipops are made in Curl's kitchen, as are the gumdrops. Coffee used to flavor the sweets is roasted at Water Avenue Coffee. Candy bars by Portland's Woodblock Chocolate and Bees & Beans tempt even the choosiest of palates.
Curl opened the shop July 1 and is snaring business from Powell's City of Books visitors who make the southward trek across Burnside into the new Union Way pedestrian mall.
"I love having a store across the top tourist attraction in town: This is as Portland as it gets," she said. "And when people are traveling, they like to get something small and sweet to take home."
Curl made her name at St. Cupcake, which attracts visitors to its downtown and Southeast Belmont locations with an array of baked treats. While Curl carried the lollipops at St. Cupcake, she doesn't expect to sell cupcakes at QUIN.
"Spiritually, this isn't 'St. Cupcake's candy shop,'" said Curl. "It's just important that we have a place where we can sell local goods. And while it's not straight up local" — she points to a row of Askinosie chocolate bars, made in Springfield, Mo. — "it's straight-up sustainable. I know everything about the way products are harvested and how they're delivered."
Click through on the image above for more about Portland's first locally sourced candy shop.
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