Newly remodeled Cranberry Sweets offers visitors a visually sweet experience

Newly remodeled Cranberry Sweets offers visitors a visually sweet experience
COOS BAY, Ore. - When customers walk into Cranberry Sweets & More in Empire, they now have one more reason to crave the sweet treats created at the newly remodeled store.

"The vision was always to have a store where people could look in and see how we make our product, and i think it's fun."

Cranberry Sweets Owner Clayton Shaw says new viewing windows are just one component of the store expansion, which includes more retail space, and additional candy making machines, like a 40-foot chocolate enrober which rolls out close to 500 pounds of candy a day.

"I think it's fascinating to look in on how the candy is being made and to know in a few hours you can be eating it," says candy-maker Leslie House.

Garnet Quimby is visiting from Arkansas, she says she usually has Cranberry Sweets shipped to her, but to see the candy made first hand is exciting.

"This is neat to know where it is coming from. It's interesting to see. You eat the candy but to see the whole process is interesting."

And it seems the recession hasn't soured business at Cranberry Sweets.

According to Shaw, the store recently hired five additional employees and are hoping to bring more on during the holiday season.

"We've noticed that during recessions it has tended to not affect us a lot. This one was worse than in the past and it was scary, but we're actually doing better than we did last year."

He says locals and tourists are still buying candy.

"Our sales are ahead of last year at this time. People are spending less but there are more people coming in."

And Shaw hopes with the new interactive store, sweet treats will continue to roll out of the store and sales will continue to climb.