Martinsville Candy Kitchen to celebrate 100 years

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — Martinsville Candy Kitchen will celebrate its 100th year Saturday with free kids activities, ice cream and cupcakes. 

The store was founded in 1919 by Greek immigrant Jimmy Zapapas. Jimmy’s cousin, who sponsored his immigration to the United States, owned a similar store in Franklin at the time, the store said in a news release. 

John Wooden, a Purdue University basketball player in the 1930s and later a head coach for UCLA and Indiana State, called the Candy Kitchen a favorite local hangout. Wooden was born in Hall, Indiana, a few miles northwest of Martinsville. 

“Throughout his life, any time he was in the area, he always made a point to stop in for his favorite candy,” the release said.

John and Pam Badger has owned the store for the past 15 years. They purchased the business in 2004 to keep it from closing. The store is known for its handmade candy canes during the holiday season. 

Saturday’s free kids’ events will be from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. An open house will be from 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Businesses on the Morgan County Courthouse square will be giving out wooden nickels Saturday for people to redeem at the Candy Kitchen for a free scoop of ice cream and cupcakes. The store is at 46 N. Main St., just west of the courthouse square.


Colder and quiet rest of the week

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A good 20° swing Wednesday morning with temperatures in the lower to mid 20s this morning with feel-like temperatures in the teens. it will be a clear start then brighter heading through the rest of the morning and the afternoon! Sunshine won’t help us out too much in terms of temperatures today. Daytime highs should warm to the upper 30s. Wednesday night will be a cold one with lows in the lower 20s with a partly cloudy sky.

Thursday will be another cold one with highs struggling to reach 30°. It’ll still be a bright one with a mostly to partly sunny sky. A slow warming trend will start Friday with highs warming to the upper 30s with a mixture of sun and clouds.

This weekend will be split with a chance of showers arriving late in the day Sunday. Highs will continue to warm to the mid-40s Saturday with a partly sunny sky. Clouds return Sunday with showers later in the evening and overnight. Rain will continue through Monday. Tuesday looks to be a dry day for now then showers should return by midweek with highs in the mid 40s.