Young couple takes over the reins of iconic Chatham Candy Manor
In early 2019, the Chatham Candy Manor changed hands when owners Naomi Marie Turner and husband, David Veach, turned over the keys to husband-and-wife team, Robbie Carroll and Paige Piper. Given the Candy Manor’s legacy and its importance to the fabric of Main Street, Turner and Veach were relieved to find new owners from within the store’s extended family. “We had great concern about selling to someone unfamiliar with the business—both in terms of complexity, and even more so, in terms of its soul,” says Turner. “Robbie Carroll and Paige Piper are the right people to steward the Candy Manor into the next generation and we are thrilled.”
Robbie Carroll’s mother, Susan, worked side by side with Turner at the venerable candy shop for more than 40 years, while Robbie worked summers there from high school through college. Robbie attended Bentley University, where he met his wife, Paige. After they both earned business degrees, the couple worked for various startups in Boston and around San Francisco, places where they developed a taste for entrepreneurship. They preferred life in a small community to that of a big city, so when the opportunity to purchase the Candy Manor surfaced, they jumped on it. “I craved to come back,” says Robbie.
Robbie and Paige realize they’ve taken over a premier business in town and don’t plan on any dramatic changes. As Robbie puts it, “This is an engine that runs.” They hope to grow the business by expanding the marketing and sales distribution of their candies, still based on the venerable Turner family recipes. The couple speaks with one voice when they say: “We are grateful and excited for all that’s to come.”