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Local Business Still Thriving

Story By: Lauren Artino



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  Original Published: 2/7/2014

A tasty demonstration at the Madison Branch of the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library. LaDonna Secrist, owner of the Squirrel's Den demonstrated how to make chocolate, shared samples as well as her history in the business Thursday night.

Ladonna got her start the candy and nut business by selling her homemade treats to local workers who wanted an affordable snack. She sold packs of chocolate, candies and nuts for one dollar, and her business grew from there. But what about that name?

"I had mostly nuts when we started out, and my husband came up with the name. We tried a few other names, but this one stuck"

The name and her homemade treats kept locals and even President Obama! coming back for more. The Squirrel's Den has been in business since 1992 and LaDonna says watching her business grow and thrive is extremely rewarding.

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