Anytime I’m in Lincoln, NE visiting family I make a stop at Ben Franklin. It’s locally owned and full of charm. They have everything – huge scrapbook section, cheap greeting cards, toys, sessional items, fabric, crafts, gifty items, candy galore, and a super sweet (no pun intended) baking isle. It’s basically like a smaller cheaper Hobby Lobby with the old timey feeling.
I snapped a few pictures of my two favorite parts of Ben Franklin during my last visit.
The candy section. This is one of the only places (that I know of) that you pick up a bowl and fill it with candy sold by the piece. I mean like snack size Snickers, Smarties, Hersey Kisses, Tootsie Rolls, and probably 100 plus other options. They even have old classics like Dots. The price range is 1 cent to 25 cents each piece. So for a $1.00 you can get yourself a nice little variety! Jacob still remembers walking to Ben Franklin as a little kid and counting out 100 Tootsie Rolls for a $1.00. (Every time I mention Ben Franklin Jacob tells me that same story….like every time…it’s one of the things I love about him. There are about 10 stories that I’ve heard probably 50 times each.)
Pumpkin Mint Mold
Giant Sixlets for cupcake/cake decorating
Some candy, of course
And some other odds and end that I probably didn’t need.
I know talking about a locally owned store in Lincoln, NE is pretty specific, but I encourage you to get out and find those hidden gems in your community. You’ll be happy you did and there is nothing better than supporting a local business in the community you love.