Caruso's Candy and Soda Fountain celebrates 99 years in business

CASS COUNTY, Mich. -- A Dowagiac candy shop celebrated its 99th year in business this week. Caruso’s Candy and Soda Fountain has been making specialty candies and ice cream sodas since September 1922.

The business has been owned by the same family since it opened.

The current owner, Julie Johnson, says her grandparents opened the store not long after the flu pandemic hit.

It has made it through other challenges in the past 99 years and she believed they could make it through the pandemic.

"My grandparents survived through the Great Depression, so when COVID started I set a sign on the street that said ‘We survived the Great Depression, help us survive COVID," Johnson said.

Caruso’s will have 99-cent treats next week to celebrate 99 years.

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