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Downtown business closing after 27 years

Photo by Douglass Huxley Putnam Chocolate, located at 288 Front St, Marietta, plans to close its doors at the end of July.

Putnam Chocolate, located at 288 Front Street, will be closing its doors for business at the end of July.

“It’s just time for family,” owner Shane Danford said. “I’ve not had that time for years.”

Danford has been making chocolate and candies for 38 years, and has been the owner and operator of Putnam Chocolate for 27 of those. He spends anywhere from eight to 18 hours in store, depending on the season, and has served a lot of customers in that time.

“I’ve watched generations,” Danford said, “Kids who were 15 to 18 years old when I opened, now have kids and grandkids. And some of them have come in with their children. So, it’s been fun to see.”

Danford has no definite plans for the future but is looking forward to spending time with his family, and hopes to maybe pick up some computer skills along the way.

“That’s the biggest thing I don’t have,” Danford said. “So, that’s what I’m looking at, some computer skills, and then I’ll see what it leads to.”

The businesses in downtown Marietta are nestled close to one another and shop owners themselves can become just as close.

“You’re a family downtown,” Danford said. “We all look out for each other. You refer people to the next business if you can. People come in looking for things I don’t have, I say, ‘McKenna’s has a whole candy department. See if they have it.’ It’s always remembering the small businesses and trying to keep that.”

Danford plans to stop ordering supplies the second week of July and then stay open until his supplies are gone. People can pick up the last of Danford’s candies and chocolate as the Front Street location or call 740-373-9119.

Douglass Huxley can be reached at

dhuxley@newsandsentinel.com

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