Hand-dipped chocolates made in Licking County now are being sold at Johnson's on Market Street in New Albany.

Hand-dipped chocolates made in Licking County now are being sold at Johnson’s on Market Street in New Albany.

The candies are made by Goumas Confections, a business with locations in Newark and Granville.

“We actually sublet some space from them,” said Kris Goumas, the wife of one of the two business owners.

Goumas said she and her husband, Socrates, sold candy at the New Albany farmers market last summer and wandered into Johnson’s ice cream shop. Once they saw the space, they decided to see if a partnership could be forged.

“Our busy time is winter and theirs is summer, so hopefully we can complement each other,” Goumas said.

Johnson’s owner Blake Snider said he felt the same way.

“From our standpoint, it seemed to fit,” he said. “Ice cream peaks in the summer months and their peak is around the winter holidays.

“Hopefully, between the two of us, we can keep lots of traffic going through our store.”

Goumas Confections opened in Johnson’s on Nov. 21.

Goumas said the business has 54 types of candy and is open to creating gift baskets on request.

“Because we’re small enough, we can offer a personal touch,” she said. “Rarely does (Socrates) turn down any specific request.”

The Goumas family has a long history with family-produced chocolates in Licking County.

The Goumas candies originally were made by George Stamas, an immigrant from Greece. Stamas’ daughter, Bessie, and her husband, George Goumas, eventually took over the business, renaming it Goumas Candyland.

Their sons, George, Socrates and Gus, worked there, with George moving to Florida at one point. When he returned to Ohio, George took over Goumas Candyland, and in 2008, Socrates and Greg formed Goumas Confections, according to information from both company websites.

Johnson’s on Market Street has been a staple of Market Square since opening in June 2010.

The store hours have changed at the ice cream shop since Goumas Confections sublet the space. Snider said the shop is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays.

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