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New candy shop seeks sweet success in Clinton

Posted 11/22/22

Life is Sweet for owners of Rainbow Cupboard and their new candy shop, Dreamy’s Candy, at 11 W. Park Row.

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New candy shop seeks sweet success in Clinton


CLINTON — Life is Sweet for the Messetts, owners of Rainbow Cupboard and their new candy shop, Dreamy’s Candy, at 11 W. Park Row.

Amity Messett and her family, owners of the 2-year-old Rainbow Cupboard Plant and Gift Shop located in Clinton, opened their latest shop filled with fine chocolates and other confections at 11:11 a.m. on Nov. 11.

Just in time for gift-giving, party-going, and as a little treat during holiday shopping excursions, Dreamy’s offers a case filled with pyramids of fine chocolates that you can either choose by the piece or by the pound, as well as unique and giftable acrylic cubes of gummy candy, gourmet jelly beans, and other treats.

Messett, along with her husband Tim and their children (and daughter-in-law) Brent, Kendra, Xian, Elizabeth, Lewis, Jackie, Taymi, Mena, Deanie-Jean, and Mookie, can be found behind the custom royal blue and gold chocolate case at Dreamy’s or at their other shop, Rainbow Cupboard, which is located at 4 College St.

“Rainbow Cupboard, a plant and gift shop specializing in ‘curated happy findings,’ opened in October of 2020 in the middle of a pandemic and has been very successful, so we were pretty confident that opening Dreamy’s Candy in this beautiful town was a great idea. I mean, who doesn’t love candy?,” said Messett.

Dreamy’s elegant decor of blues and gold, reminiscent of a night sky complete with stars and a painted mural moon, is starkly different from the bright and colorful decor of Rainbow Cupboard, but according to Messett, the goal of both shops is exactly the same.

“We want to be a part of your life and your happy memories, we want to make people feel special and give a unique experience and a smile to everyone who enters either one of our family’s shops,” Messett shared. “Owning a plant shop and a candy shop is a total dream come true for our family, not to mention how thankful we are to be small business owners in a community that is incredibly supportive of small businesses, especially women and family-run businesses.”

She said, “Clinton Chamber, Clinton merchants, Oneida County Tourism, and the residents do an incredible job of creating a welcoming atmosphere for small business owners. We are proof that with hard work and creativity, dreams really can come true.”

While the candy shop’s ribbon cutting for the Clinton Chamber is at 11 a.m. today (Tuesday), Dreamy’s doors are open for regular business hours. Visit their shop Wednesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday noon to 5 pm, and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Their ribbon cutting with the Greater Utica Chamber of Business will take place in February.

For more information on Dreamy’s and Rainbow Cupboard, follow them on Instagram (@DreamysCandy, @Rainbow_Cupboard) and Facebook.

Shop at Dreamy’s and Rainbow Cupboard and the other Clinton merchants, see a Holiday Parade, and partake in free hot chocolate and cookies during the annual Clinton Shopper’s Stroll on Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.


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