This olde-fashioned candy shop is named for Hepzibah J. Merritt, a dynamic little lady who helped establish the first settlement in Oneota Territory; now known as West Duluth, Minnesota. Hepzibah had an indmitable will and great stamina. Mother of ten, this lady of love and good will toward her family and neighbors acted as nurse and midwife to he early settlers, sometimes travelling by ox cart or canoe to remote places. She operated a hotel which was part of the family homestead. Her spirit encouraged many of the early pioneers to weather the hardhips and setbacks of frontier live. The Merritt sons were adventuresome, strong of mind, body, and spirit like their parents. Lewis H. Merritt was drawn to the head of the lakes by its beauty and commercial potential, and he built and operated a lathe mill on Rice Point. Beacuse he strongly believed there as iron ore in this region, he encouraged his sons to persevere in their quest for it. In 1890, the ore was found. See David Walker’s Iron Frontier and Paul deKruif’s Seven Iron Men. Hepzibah made her contribution to the world and her community, and though her sons’ discovery of the world’s largest iron range, the Mesabi Iron Range, Duluth became the Zenith city of the North.
Hepzibah’s Sweet Shoppe is located in the DeWitt-Seitz Marketplace by the shores of Lake Superior in Canal Park, in Duluth, Minnesota. We will fulfill your sweetest dreams with chocolates, old-fashioned candies, fudge, carmels, ported licorice, Jelly Belly jelly beans, Award Winning Truffles, and a variety of sugar-free candies. Open daily and year-round, we invite you to savor the aromas and enjoy our friendly service. A confectionery gift, beautifully packaged, is worth a thousand words.
Give us a call and we will prepare and send gourmet specialties of your choice. We mail to all ports of call. Open daily, 10am to 9pm.
Tina Anderson, Shoppe Keeper