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The Candy Lady finds new home

The Candy Lady is leaving her current home (pictured) for a new spot in Old Town. (Journal file)

The Candy Lady is leaving her current home (pictured) for a new spot in Old Town. (Journal file)

The Candy Lady has a new address.

Evicted from her longtime spot at 524 Romero NW in Old Town because of a lease dispute, proprietor Debbie Ball will settle into a new spot about a block away.

She is headed to 424 San Felipe NW in Old Town, according to broker Glenn Wright of Sperry Van Ness Walt Arnold Commercial Brokerage.

Ball said Tuesday that the move should only force her to be down for four or five days.

“I can’t lose time. It’s a kiss of death to be closed,” she said.

A judge ruled last month that Ball had until Feb. 28 — this Friday — to vacate her current shop. Her landlord said in a court hearing that he wanted to evict her because she failed to sign a permanent lease for the spot.

Ball said she will be closed starting Friday but expects to reopen on San Felipe by the middle of next week. Her new spot — similar in size — has only a residential kitchen, and Ball estimates it will take her about a month to get a commercial kitchen running.

She said she’s been working for weeks to make an inventory of chocolate and other goodies to keep her going for that span. In the event she runs low before her kitchen is complete, she said many friends have offered her use of their commercial kitchens.

“I have enough chocolate made up to last a good month, maybe two months,” she said. “Everything is under refrigeration.”

Ball — who had made an unsuccessful bid to crowd-fund her move — said Tuesday that she is using some of her own money as well as a private loan to cover the costs.

She said she’s signed a one-year lease for the spot with two five-year options.

Ball’s not happy about the move given the circumstances that preceded it.

“It just turned into something that got out of control,” she said.

But she said she’s pleased where she’s landed.

“It’s a nice airy space, and once we get it painted and floors done, we’ll be fine,” she said.

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