Raley’s Confectionary

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Who: Wes Raley
What: Candy Master
Where: Raley’s Confectionary
Favorite Board Game: Candyland
Why: Because… candy!

Wes Raley of Raley's Confectionary holding some of his art rock before it is cut into bite-sized pieces

Wes cut his teeth in the candy-making business some years back. He made his debut in Tallahassee fairly recently working for a local toy shop/ice cream parlor creating lots of image candy and other types of old-fashioned treats. Yet, he had lofty pursuits of his own – running his own candy business – and so set out on the sugar-dusted trail.

Wes, folding up different colored sections of sticky sugar to make an image

Located just a block or so from the ever-growing Gaines Street, off of All Saints Drive, next to Fermentation Lounge, through the doors of the Cider Lodge, down a hallway, and in a little back room (shared with a chocolatier) *PHEW* is where the magic happens. No illusions here; the magic is a fine mixture of the smells, visuals, tastes (free during a presentation!), and Wes’ personality. For the history of how this young fellow got started, well, that I’ll save so you can hear it from him – a story he tells every batch of customers to walk through the door (because the question of his beginnings inevitably comes up). I will let you in on a little info: his favorite candies are the root beer art rock (candy with image in the center) and anise taffy. And just to sweeten the deal, all the sugar used is organic and the flavors are all natural. Business is sweet, folks!

Wes Raley of Raley's Confectionary holding some of his art rock before it is cut into bite-sized pieces
Wes Raley of Raley's Confectionary holding some of his art rock before it is cut into bite-sized pieces
Art rock being cut into bite-sized pieces
Wes gives out samples to eager customers
Wes can't resist his own candy

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