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Life-size Candy Land game benefits everybody

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by Mike Siroky

Simply Amazing Market, a gourmet popcorn and fudge market in Valparaiso, celebrated its grand reopening with a special community participation.

On Nov. 13, the shop had a life-sized Candy Land game, for participants 12 and under. Children became part of the game as each created his own character ñ based on the legendary board game ñ and maneuvered though the indoor Candy Land course.

Each of the 120 game spaces, following the board gameís layout, was the size of a poster board. At the end, a bounce house, fashioned around a gingerbread castle greeted the participants.

All participants received a prize from the market.

“No one has ever done this before,” Spokeswoman Michelle Andres said. “We tried to come up an idea for children and families.”

The market itself is an offshoot of Opportunity Enterprises, which helps support the developmentally disabled. The clients, some of whom work at the store, are all eager to become independent, with an opportunity to work and live outside of structured group homes.

The market offers a variety of candies and custom-made, do-it-yourself gift baskets in addition to the gourmet fudge and popcorn they have always carried.

“Many people see ëOpportunity Enterprisesí as they drive by and donít even realize the store itself is here,” Andres said.

“You can choose your own gifts and the proceeds benefit our clients. Then you give it and thatís another plus to the recipient,î she added. ìBesides helping out others, you feel good because youíre in effect donating to such a great cause.”

As a not-for-profit enterprise, keeping clients working, as Andres observes, “is one of the great life opportunities. You feel twice as good.”

For more information about the Simply Amazing Market, visit www.simplyamazingtreats.com. For more information about Opportunity Enterprises, visit www.oppent.org.

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the above excellent column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Mike Siroky is a writer and editor. He is a native of Northwest Indiana. He has worked in media from coast to coast. To contact Mike, email mikel@the chronicleNWI.com

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