Daniel Spencer and his late mother Linda dreamed of opening a lolly shop.
Two-and-a-half years after Linda died from breast cancer, Daniel is living out their dream in Port Campbell. "I think she'd be proud of me for opening the shop," the 28-year-old said.
Mr Spencer opened the Port Campbell Lolly Shop right in the middle of the pandemic on the Queen's Birthday weekend last year.
The business owner said it was a whirlwind start with the store packing out on its opening weekend.
"Everything was selling out so we had to travel to Melbourne to restock the supplies in the shop," he told The Standard.
Mr Spencer said it was tough running the shop at first, but to this day the store continued to be busy.
"The town's booming at the moment," he said. "Everything continues to sell out quick."
Mr Spencer said the feedback of the shop was that it was "the best lolly shop ever". "We've been getting good reviews on Facebook, and on Google Maps we get five star ratings," he said.
The store stocks a wide range of lollies including hard candy, British and Dutch, gluten free, honeycomb, slushies, nuts, chocolates and American soft drinks. Mr Spencer said the best selling products were flavoured Chupa Chups sparkling drinks and Wolly Poffle Crisp Bars (similar to the Polly Waffle Crisp Bar).
Mr Spencer said his favourite lollies in the store were the mixed sherbet hard candy and a range of the pick and mix section.
His dad, Daryl Spencer also helps out at the store. The Spencer family have lived in Port Campbell for the past six years and spent another five years in Timboon after moving to the region from Ballarat.
I think she'd be proud of me.- Daniel Spencer
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