Jennifer and Tim Strickland kick off the 50th Anniversary Year of River Street Sweets® with New Store Opening

(SAVANNAH, Ga) River Street Sweets® is embarking on a journey of celebration as the candy retailer begins their 50th anniversary year, marked with an exuberant grand opening on Broughton Street in Savannah, Ga. This exciting moment marks nearly five decades since its inception: when the founders opened the flagship store in 1973 along famed River Street and launched what would become one of America’s top 50 candy franchises.

The grand opening ceremony of 32 E Broughton St. began with an official ribbon-cutting with local dignitaries. The 50th guest was rewarded with a sweet surprise – free candy for an entire year.

During the event, free samples of the store’s signature Southern confections were offered to guests, such as World Famous Pralines®, Chocolate Bear Claws, Glazed Pecans, Chocolates, Gourmet Hand-Dipped Caramel Candy Apples, Brittle Candies, Salt Water Taffy, Pecan Divinity & Log Rolls, Roasted & Candied Nuts, Homemade Ice Cream and Gelato.

“The timeless tradition of quality candies continues to excite and delight generations of candy lovers, and Jennifer and I are proud to commemorate our golden anniversary with this momentous occasion,” said Tim Strickland, co-owner. “Our mother, Pam Strickland, and father, Stan, started River Street Sweets®, along with our grandmother, Georgia Nash, in 1973 as a gift shop on River Street. We are grateful to our Savannah community for your ongoing support and enthusiasm; we are ecstatic to serve our guests in this new location on bustling Broughton Street.” Pam joined the ribbon-cutting and 50th-anniversary celebration.

As an homage to the year the company was founded, River Street Sweets® made a generous commitment to donate $1973.00 from their grand opening celebration proceedings to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMCH). Through its initiatives and programs, RMHC creates restful places where families in need can find solace as their children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.

“We are delighted to celebrate this significant milestone of our Golden Jubilee anniversary with the grand opening of the store on Broughton. Our sincere gratitude goes out to all those who have supported us throughout these five decades; thank you for being part of this extraordinary journey,” adds Jennifer Strickland, co-owner.

About River Street Sweets®
River Street Sweets® has been making memories and delighting candy lovers since 1973, when it first opened its flagship location on historic River Street. Nearly a half-century later, River Street Sweets® locations can be found in Charleston and Myrtle Beach, SC, Sarasota, FL and additional locations in Savannah, on Habersham and Broughton Street. In 2014, the beloved candy company began to franchise under the merged name River Street Sweets•Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, and the first franchise location opened in Pooler in 2015, followed by locations in Key West, Fla. and Lancaster, Pa. A location in Greenville, S.C. opened in 2019, and in 2020, locations were added at The Battery in Atlanta, Ga. and Asbury Park, N.J. In 2021, a location was opened in Sunset Walk in Orlando, Fla., with additional franchise locations on the horizon across the Southeast. The franchise has been honored as one of America’s top 50 confectionaries. For more information, visit

Cynthia Cradduck