The Chatham Candy Manor was founded in 1955 by my mother, Naomi Louise Turner.
She was an entrepreneur, far ahead of her time, charming, independent, beautiful and totally eccentric. She and I would arrive in Chatham around the first of July. I'm sure we made quite a picture in our yellow push-button drive Desoto station wagon filled to the brim with candy making supplies, card tables, sheets and a couple of old battered suitcases. We'd set up the card tables, cover the tables with the sheets, make a batch of fudge and dip some chocolates and be open for business by the 4th of July - the official start of "the season" here in Chatham.
We slept in the back room of the store or in the back of the station wagon and hoped to make enough money by August to rent a house for the month. My mother made all the candy according to old family recipes and thrived on the joyful contact with her customers. She filled the store with an air of fun and excitement - "putting on a show," she called it. On the day after Labor Day, we'd pack up and move on.
From these unconventional beginnings, the Chatham Candy Manor has grown up, evolved into a unique and highly respected business celebrated for unprecedented quality, extraordinary customer service, artistry in chocolate and social responsibility in the community. Still, we honor our history, preserving the soul of the Chatham Candy Manor.
- Naomi Turner