OSWEGO – Mayor Billy Barlow today (March 28) announced a $25,000 grant to Stone’s Homemade Candies, a small business staple in the Oswego community for more than 50 years.
Stone’s Candies, owned by Donald Regan, Bill Galloway, Jeff McCrobie and Diego Labaudy (RGML Candies, LLC), will be re-locating to downtown Oswego, renovating the existing building at 23 W. Seneca St.
Stone’s Candies manufactures and sells chocolates, candies, ice cream and other goods and plans to create an on-line shipping operation to serve stores countrywide.
The re-location and expansion are expected to create 4 new full-time jobs and 4 new part-time jobs in the next two years in addition to the six existing jobs.
“Stone’s Candies is another iconic business in the city of Oswego that deserves community support and funding assistance as they begin a new chapter in their more than 50 years of existence. I am excited to have Stone’s re-locate to downtown Oswego and add to the positive changes happening in our downtown,” Mayor Barlow said. “A business like Stone’s Candies is exactly what we hope to attract to our core downtown area and I anticipate this move being beneficial to their operation. I am proud to support Stone’s Candies with this funding, offering a helping hand to another long standing, iconic, local, small business in the city of Oswego.”
“We are thrilled to be able to receive this grant from Mayor Barlow and the city of Oswego,” Galloway said. “Stone’s has been a staple in this community for decades and this grant will allow us to keep a long-running family business thriving by allowing us to expand the business and hire more employees to service our loyal customers.”
Stone’s Candies is scheduled to start renovation construction on its new building in late Spring 2019.
The funding comes from the commitment of program income through the NYS Community Development Block Grant program, administered and managed by the city’s Office of Economic Development.