Sweet Treats and Good Eats

13 years ago, when Jody Lackey’s father suggested she open a candy shop for the holidays, she had little idea that more than a decade later that temporary shop would grow into a Marion mainstay for both sweets and tasty lunches. Now in Charleston Place on Center Street, the Candy Shack & Café is a go-to for work lunches, catering, and chocolate anything. Anything as in chocolate covered potato or corn chips. The combination restaurant/sweet shop, along with the other businesses in Charleston Place make it a destination, says Jody. “Marionites will bring their visiting friends and family in for lunch and shopping.” And, she says, “I am excited about all of the improvements going on in Marion. Events like the lofts tours and Taste of Marion and things that are bringing people downtown.”

And, like so many of our locally owned shops and restaurants in Marion, Jody says she enjoys getting to know her customers by name. The same holds true about her neighbors in the mutli-store Charleston place where she says it is like family. Speaking of family, Jody recalls a visit one weekend in May from a family from Kentucky and Cincinnati. She says they learned about a concert on the Visitors Bureau web site and decided to make the trip to Marion for the weekend. After a pleasant lunch in her restaurant, Jody relates how the family shopped in Charleston Place before exploring the rest of the downtown and eventually the Harding Home. And, they plan to come back for Christmas at the Palace in December. This, Jody says it what makes living and working in Marion so rewarding. The small-town atmosphere lends itself to creating great experiences for visitors, as well as locals. She and her staff pride themselves in knowing all the things to see and do so they can make their visit more enjoyable.


Visitor's Guide

Traveling Ohio? The Marion County 2017 Visitors Guide is now available! View it online in a convenient flipview format, or order a print version at 800.371.6688.

Upcoming Events

Oct 21 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm All Occasions Catering & Banquet Facility
Sunday Buffet every Sunday at All Occasions Catering & Banquet Facility. Enjoy many items off the buffet, including a variety of meats, pastas, vegetables, salad bar, desserts, and more! Groups are welcome, but please make Read more...
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm Marion Palace Theatre
Directed by Ann Schertzer, this “coming of age” story involves the 1950s Catholic education of eight Chicago children, following them from the start of elementary school through the senior prom and beyond. Capturing the funniest Read more...
Oct 26 @ 8:03 pm – Oct 28 @ 9:03 pm Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Large gem and jewelry show in three buildings at the Marion County Fairgrounds. Shop directly from designers, wholesalers and manufactures for the largest selection at the lowest prices! Why pay retail when you can shop Read more...
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