Terre Haute News:
In a little shop in a quiet corner of the Wabash Valley, the delectable smells of fudge and caramel, mint and espresso, waft through a 100-year-old home where two women are realizing an entrepreneur’s dream.
Brooke Schmidt and her mother, Donna Thompson, co-owners of Brooke’s Candy Co. in Dana, have seen their business triple in the past year, as both their online and storefront presences have captured the attention of chocolate lovers far and wide.
The business started with a small space at Dimestore Antiques in Clinton, where Thompson and Schmidt sold hand-made candies for about three years before deciding to give Brooke’s Candy Co. a home of its own.
In August 2007, the chocolatiers opened their retail location on Maple Street in Dana, operating out of the renovated front of the 1900-era plantation-style home where Thompson and her husband, Kent Thompson, have lived since 1984.
Kent Thompson did much of the renovation, transforming the old home into a landmark in Dana.