Reimer's Candies now open

Tiffany TuellMarch 6, 2013 

Oahurst just got a little sweeter with the March 4 opening of Reimer's Candies and Gifts on Highway 41 next to El Cid's Mexican Cuisine. The new shop features an array of gourmet chocolates, candies, ice cream and other sweet delicacies.

Reimer's sells more than 80 varieties of chocolates, mixed nut and peanut brittle, homemade caramel apples with Reimer's own caramel, 24 varieties of ice cream, gelato, sherbet and sorbet and homemade waffle cones. There is also sugar free candy and nostalgic candy such as Gold Mine Nugget Bubble Gum, Charleston Chews, and Idaho Spuds. Coffee is also available and soon to come are espresso drinks.

Lynn Bretz, co-owner of Reimer's with his wife Mary Anne, said their chocolates are in such demand that they receive orders through their website from all around the world.

Reimer's has been in business for 56 years and has stores in three locations -- Three Rivers, Avila Beach and now Oakhurst. The business was established by Mr. Reimer who developed all the ice cream and chocolate recipes. Because he was German, the stores are created to be old fashioned German candy stores. Besides candy, Reimer's also sells Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks.

Lynn and Mary Anne, who have owned Reimer's since 2005, said they've wanted to open an Oakhurst location since they bought Reimer's.

"My husband and I have always loved the Yosemite area so when we bought it (Reimer's), we thought we should bring it to Oakhurst," Mary Anne said. "We like to think of our place as a little gingerbread house that you find after a walk in the woods."

The Bretz's are seeking community input for a special ice cream just for the Oakhurst location. The Three Rivers location has its very own flavor -- Three Rivers Blackberry because blackberries grow well in that area. The Bretz's are seeking community feedback as to what Oakhurst's flavor should be so they can develop a new flavor.

Reimer's is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week and will extend its hours in the summer.

Details: reimerscandies.com/home.html or (559) 642-3232.

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