Canelake’s Candies Legacy Lives on in Northern Minnesota
Grandchildren of original Canelake’s candy makers buy back their grandfather’s business founded in 1905.
10/04/2018 Canelake family announce purchase of Canelake’s Candies in VIRGINIA, Minn.
The Canelake family’s dreams that Canelake’s Candies could someday come back to the original Canelake family, came true recently as they closed on the purchase Oct. 4, 2018. The business was founded by Gust Canelake in 1905 in collaboration with his brothers Chris, Nick and Tom, as they made their way as young entrepreneurs straight from the “Old Country” of Peloponnese, Greece.
Gust Canelake’s grandchildren are grateful for past owner, Jim Cina, for carrying on the family business with integrity after their father, John Canelake and Uncle Leo Canelake retired and sold him the business. Now, 36 years later, Jim Cina is retiring, and the daughters, sons, and son-in-law of John and Xanthi Canelake are keen to keep it going.
And why not? With the family name of Canelake, it’s in their genes!
“Along with my husband Dennis Matson, twin sister Patricia Canelake, and brothers John and Chris Canelake I look forward to continuing the famous candy making legacy in our hometown of Virginia, Minn.”- Pamela Canelake Matson, co-owner & 3rd generation candy maker
The new Canelake owners plan to offer the same old-fashioned chocolates, caramels, fudge, toffee & turtles, hand stirred in copper kettles & made with lots of cream & butter.
Grand reopening date will be in mid to late October and will be announced. Online ordering will be available in December. Anyone interested in employment can contact email@example.com for more information.
Canelake's in Virginia & Hibbing
In 1905, with the help of their oldest brother Christ, Gust & Tom Canelake founded the Virginia Candy Kitchen in the 100 block of Chestnut St. Christ & youngest brother Nick went on to found Hibbing Candy Kitchen in Hibbing MN. Tom Canelake later owned the Olympia Candy Kitchen in Virginia, while Gust operated the Virginia Candy Kitchen.
The photo shows their 2nd location at 417 Chestnut St Virginia MN. In 1920, the store was moved to its current location at 414 Chestnut St.
Gust's sons Leo & John Canelake were the 2nd generation to own the Virginia Candy Kitchen and after WWII, they renamed it Canelake's Candies. After they retired in 1982, Canelake's was sold to Jim Cina who faithfully followed all the family recipes for 36 years. On Oct. 1, 2018, Jim Cina retired and sold Canelake's Candies to the 3rd generation of Canelake's: Pamela Canelake Matson & Dennis Matson, Patricia Canelake, John Canelake & Chris Canelake.