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Sweet treats at Hagley Museum on May 6

Apr 24, 2015 10:52AM ● By J. Chambless
The sweet taste of history comes to Hagley on Wednesday, May 6, when the Golden Pheasants welcome Eric and Ryan Berley from The Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectionery in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood.
As part of the series “Innovation with Libations,” the brothers will delight guests with tales and tastes from their business. Guests to “Innovation with Libations” will learn about the Berleys’ adventures in entrepreneurship, their challenges, and the sweet opportunities it presents to them.
Shane Confectionery is the oldest continuously run confectionery in the United States, established in 1863. The Shane family took over the business in 1911. In 2010, the business transitioned to the Berley brothers, who own the nearby Franklin Fountain and who embarked on a meticulous restoration of the building and business. Candies continue to be made onsite, with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients, seasonal specialties and old-fashioned quality.
When planning their business, the Berleys’ research took them to shops throughout West Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia, to a convention in New Orleans, and the collections at Hagley. Hagley’s trade catalogs collection provided a look at advertising and marketing from a bygone era.
On May 6, prior to the Berley brothers’ presentation, the evening will feature samples from the confectionery store, wine, beer, and soda. Open to the public, must be at least 21 to attend. Held in the Library Copeland Room, use Hagley's Buck Road East entrance. Reservations requested by Wednesday, April 29. Please use the link below or contact Kim Kelleher at [email protected] or (302) 658-2400, ext. 235.

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