From Mel's Fish to Great!Lakes Candy
When we purchased Mel's Fish in early 2007, an era was ended for Mel's Fish, a long standing & popular smoked fish shop in Knife River, MN. Transforming the shop from fish to candy was lots of work, but great fun too. It's exterior needed little change as it was the perfect design for a candy shop. Inside, we made more changes, but kept Mel's original 1950's fish case, a wonderful display case for our candies. This wonderful candy store is located along Scenic Highway 61 along Minnesota's North Shore. This store is a third generation candy maker that originated in Minnesota's Iron Range. Gust Canelake passed on his recipes and his family still makes the candy on site at this great roadside shop . We make a stop there every year and we each have our favorites, red licorice wheels, air candy, caramels, and so much more. It is a must stop just for the atmosphere not to mention the candy.