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Little Rainbow Candy, new Ogden locale, aiming for your sweet tooth

By Tim Vandenack - | Feb 3, 2023
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Rocio Miguel, left, and Flor Lopez of the Little Rainbow Candy Store in Ogden, photographed Jan. 30, 2023. The new store at 3201 Washington Blvd. opened Jan. 6, 2023.
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Linda Moya of Cleo's Bakery, photographed Jan. 30, 2023. The locale is located in the rear of the Little Rainbow Candy Store at 3201 Washington Blvd. in Ogden, which opened Jan. 6, 2023.
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The Little Rainbow Candy Store at 3201 Washington Blvd. in Ogden, opened Jan. 6, 2023.
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Rocio Miguel, left, and Flor Lopez of the Little Rainbow Candy Store in Ogden, photographed Jan. 30, 2023. The new store at 3201 Washington Blvd. opened Jan. 6, 2023.

OGDEN -- Two Ogden entrepreneurs are targeting your sweet tooth.

Flor Lopez and Rocio Miguel last month launched a new business, Little Rainbow Candy Store, offering up sugary treats and other snacks from Mexico, Colombia and other far-off places. They hope to expand the roster of countries represented at the store to Peru, China and other places.

"We are trying to have a little bit from everywhere," said Lopez, who has entrepreneurial experience helping with tax preparation, marketing and more. The offerings at Little Rainbow run the gamut and reflect a range of tastes -- some are sweet, some are salty, some are both salty and sweet.

The store is located at 3201 Washington Blvd., where the Vacuum Exchange operated for many years, and Lopez, Miguel and their backers held a grand opening celebration on Jan. 6. Last Monday, Cleo's Bakery, owned by Linda Moya, started operating in the rear of the locale, offering cheesecake, banana bread, fruit tarts and other pastries.

"Everything is fresh," said Moya, formerly a nurse who developed her baking chops during the COVID-19 pandemic. "The things you see here are the things I really like. I want to share with people the things I like."

Lopez got a boost in her leadership and entrepreneurial know-how by taking part in the Community Leaders Network Program operated by the Ogden Civic Action Network, or OgdenCAN. Both she and Miguel have also worked with the Suazo Business Center in Ogden, which aids Latino and other minority entrepreneurs.

"Flor has become a true community leader," said Bill Cook, the OgdenCAN director. OgdenCAN also promoted the opening of the Little Rainbow Candy Store and Lopez lauded the support from OgdenCAN and other community members.

Lopez got the idea for the business when searching for a piñata and candy for a birthday party. Unable to find what she sought in Ogden she had to look further afield.

"It was crazy because I had to drive all over Salt Lake to get one," she said. Piñatas are also among the offerings at Little Rainbow Candy Store.

The store also offers throwback candy and Lopez is open to new ideas. "If we don't have it, we can get it," she said.

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