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'Little money maker' has sweet success at the Junky Munkey

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The Junky Munkey is filled with candy necklaces, Bit of Honey, Smartees, candy cigarettes, and Chick-O-Sticks, just to name a few. The Junky Munkey is filled with candy necklaces, Bit of Honey, Smartees, candy cigarettes, and Chick-O-Sticks, just to name a few.
REARDAN, Wash. -

When you step into the Reardan Plowboy, you are quickly transported back in time.

"We call ourselves a rural mom and pop store," explained Coquille Gallagher, the Plowboy's owner. "And that entails that you have candy to purchase."

And, nestled in the corner of her store, is an old fashioned candy shoppe, called the Junky Munkey.

"This whole store is a blast from the past," said local customer Tina Caldwell. "This [candy] is just the icing on the cake

The Junky Munkey is filled with candy necklaces, Bit of Honey, Smartees, candy cigarettes, and Chick-O-Sticks, just to name a few.

And, the only thing sweeter than the candy sold, is the young businessman, Dylan Lyons, who sells the sweets.

"My mom used to call me a monkey so that's how I came up with the name" [of my business] explained Dylan.

"It's fun running a business but it's a challenge to do it because you always have to get more stuff," he added.

Dylan's mom, Ginger, who runs another local Spokane business, Buffalo Girls, inspired Dylan's entrepreneurial spirit.

"That's the most amazing thing as a mom," she said. "When you see a fire lit under your kiddo and you can say, 'let me do what I can do to help you.' That's our job."

Dylan purchases his candy from Burkes Distributing.

"Well, Dylan will come in and wants to find candy, something new and different, to offer to customers," said Doug Burke, the President of the company. "He picks out mostly everything himself...and as long as he can figure out profit and loss, at this age, that's a good thing."

Right now, Dylan donates all of his proceeds to charity. Most recently, he donated $410 to the Spokane County Sheriff's K9 Unit.

But, the real bottom line for this business? A beautiful walk down memory lane for some loyal customers.

"Everybody buys the candy," said Coquille.

Dylan's store suits him well right now - it's small, just like him. But, don't be surprised, if in a couple of years, the Junky Munkey grows, just like Dylan.

"I'll probably create my own company," predicts Dylan. "And sell candy and have my own store, just like my mom."

The Junky Munkey Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JunkyMunkey?fref=ts 

For more information about the Reardan Plowboy: http://www.thereardanplowboy.com/

Spokane County Sheriff's K9 Unit: https://www.facebook.com/SCSOK9Unit?fref=ts

Ginger's business, Buffalo Girls: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BuffaloGirlsSalvage

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