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New Church helps local business keep holiday memories alive

By Building a Better Boyertown

Nov 18, 2020

Rachael Kehler, owner of the Peppermint Stick Candy Store has felt the impact COVID has had on her business. We all feel the disappointment of not being able to hold or attend our favorite seasonal events. When Berks county shut down back in March, Kehler had to make the hard decision to cancel the 4th annual Leprechaun Hunt that draws over 1000 people to downtown Boyertown.

With the holidays approaching, she had to decide if it was possible to hold the annual Gingerbread House Making Class. With a small location, she could not see any way to hold the class as they did in the past and keep participants safe and socially distanced.

Luckily, a Christmas angel showed up on her doorstep! Bryan Raught, Pastor of 242 Community Church stopped into the Peppermint Stick to pick up some treats for his two children. 242 Community Church is a new church located at 35 E. Philadelphia Ave, Boyertown Pa, right behind the Grill Shop. Bryan graciously offered the use of the church for this event. 242 Community Church’s purpose is to become a church community for the Boyertown community. Thanks to 242 church, The Peppermint Stick is able to hold this event and spread participants 6’ apart.  All candy will be individually packaged and everyone will be required to wear a mask until seated.

Kehler Stated “242 Church has enabled us to continue this holiday tradition in a way that is safe for everyone! I am so happy that we are able to keep some sense of normalcy for the community and the children who enjoy this event each year! 242 Church has enabled us to continue this holiday tradition in a way that is safe for everyone!”  This collaboration is a great example of people working together and adapting to make the best during the pandemic. It shows how the Boyertown community comes together to support each other.

The Gingerbread House Make & Take is scheduled for Nov 22 at 1:00 & 3:00. Purchase instore or visit for tickets and info.

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