Come with me and you'll be in a world of pure imagination.  Take a look and you'll see into your imagination. For you movie and candy fans that's how the famous Willy Wonka song begins. The movie is often cited as a reason people get into the candy and dessert business. An Owatonna-based candy business, however, didn't have to chew any gum in order to expand recently.


Curly Girlz Candy is adding an additional 1,100 square feet to their downtown Owatonna location with the additional space going to production, shipping, and storage.

Curly Girlz told KEYC that the expansion will allow for increased production of their sugar-free and no sugar line. A grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and a loan from Owatonna's Economic Development Authority are helping make the renovations and expansion possible.

Curly Girlz Candy also recently won the 2018 Ignite Cup small business competition in Red Wing. By winning Curly Gurlz is now qualified to compete statewide for the Minnesota Cup.