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The Honey Bear helps to sweeten education locally

Coupeville Elementary School fifth grader Catherine Lhamon, left, looks around The Honey Bear on Monday for potential birthday presents for her friends. She has been coming to the shop since she could walk. - Sara Hansen/Whidbey News-Times
Coupeville Elementary School fifth grader Catherine Lhamon, left, looks around The Honey Bear on Monday for potential birthday presents for her friends. She has been coming to the shop since she could walk.
— image credit: Sara Hansen/Whidbey News-Times

As fifth grader Catherine Lhamon entered The Honey Bear, she was excited to spend the dollar she’d been allocated.

“There’s 100 cents in a dollar,” she said.

Helene Lhamon, Catherine’s mother, said they’ve been coming down to the store since she could walk.

“Back then, it took us 45 minutes to walk down here, and 45 minutes to walk back,” Helene said.

The Honey Bear will host a fundraiser for the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools Sunday, Jan. 26. Owner Karla Mackintosh said she will donate 100 percent of the profits to the organization.

The foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides support for schools, teachers and students in Coupeville. It disperses annual mini-grants to teachers and scholarships for graduating students. It also financially assists students in need.

Mackintosh has donated to the foundation before, but this is her first time hosting the fundraiser and she’s excited.

“It benefits my customer base,” Mackintosh said. “I always like to help the kids and donate locally.”

The Honey Bear has been supplying children with candy since 1980, and Mackintosh took over the local sweet shop in 2001. She enjoys being a destination for all of the kids.

“Every little town should have a store like this,” Mackintosh said. “It’s about perpetuating memories.”

After she’d already picked out her candy, Catherine Lhamon still wandered around the store, looking for future birthday presents for her friends.

“It’s a shop full of entertainment,” Catherine Lhamon said.

From candy, to wind-up toys, to tiddly winks and other small treasures, there’s plenty to explore in every nook and cranny of the shop. Catherine Lhamon kept finding new toys and books she hadn’t seen on any of her previous trips.

“You can get a million, trillion things cheaper than anywhere else,” Catherine Lhamon said.

Besides being a well-known stop for all the kids, the shop has also become a place where adults can get some help.

“If you need help finding a birthday present for an 8-year-old boy, ask,” Helene Lhamon said.

Mackintosh knows most of the kids and what they like since they come into the store, Helene said.

And if you’re lucky, you might even get to hear the Honey Bear song when you stop in.

When Mackintosh put on the song, Catherine Lhamon started to sing along and dance. But like the song, her visit eventually has to come to an end and it was time to head back home.

But she said she’d be back on Sunday.


-The Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools Fundraiser

10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at The Honey Bear23 Front St., Coupevillle

 

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