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Richmond entices visitors with Cocoa Walk Weekend

Santa displays a tray of handmade marshmallows prepared by Anderson’s Candy Shop for the upcoming Cocoa Walk in Richmond. The marshmallows are dipped in chocolate and garnished with tiny peppermint-flavored candy cane sprinkles.
Santa displays a tray of handmade marshmallows prepared by Anderson’s Candy Shop for the upcoming Cocoa Walk in Richmond. The marshmallows are dipped in chocolate and garnished with tiny peppermint-flavored candy cane sprinkles.

Hot cocoa lovers, take note.  

Already known for its charm, the village of Richmond has added a new festivity to the mix.  

Merchants throughout Richmond’s historic downtown area are hosting an inaugural Cocoa Walk Weekend.   

Patrons are invited to buy a $2 cocoa card to enjoy hot cocoa, as well as holiday activities and treats, at stops along a Cocoa Walk trail from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 15.  

“The cocoa card is basically your passport to free hot cocoa all over town,” said Katie Anderson of Anderson’s Candy Shop, one of several businesses hosting the event to draw visitors to the Village of Yesteryear.  

“The downtown itself has a magical feel, especially during the holidays,” Anderson said. “It feels like a downtown from 100 years ago when you’re walking around the Main Street.”  

As part of Cocoa Walk weekend, merchants will offer special sales and promotions, and the Community Church of Richmond will offer free tours of its historic sanctuary with stained glass windows.  

Visitors can take part in crafts, such as ornament and snowflake making, and, of course, sip a variety of different types of hot cocoa at each of the 14 stops featured on a Cocoa Walk Weekend map.  

“For adults interested, a couple locations will have leaded options,” Anderson said.  

The event also will feature egg nog and coffee from Coffee Masters in Spring Grove, with free samples galore. Those who attend are encouraged to dine at one of Richmond’s downtown restaurants and finish their holiday shopping.  

The event grew out a festivalhosted by merchants this past fall. Merchants aim to build on the popularity ofthat event and host community events once a month or so, Anderson said.   

“It’s a community where people are very passionate about their businesses,” she said.    

Cocoa cards can be bought in advance at Anderson’s Candy Shop, Harper G. Mercantile and Hammer & Stain in downtown Richmond. Along with Main Street, free parking will be available at the Community Church of Richmond and Nippersink Middle School, which is less than a 1-mile walk from downtown.   

Along with the businesses mentioned above, participating merchants include Finery & Finishes, Richmond BratHaus, Rosati’s Pizza, Papa Saverio’s, Grace & LaceBridle, Olive Black Lounge, The Hideway Inn, Dilar’s Restaurant and Richmond Motor Sales and Service.  

For information on the event, visit andersoncandyshop.com.

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