July 24: Touch the Moon to hold grand opening at East Library

The official grand opening of the Touch the Moon Candy Saloon, located in the café area of East Library, 430 Early Road, is set to run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 24. The day will feature a free ice cream treat, among other things. 

Golden String had a soft opening May 1, but their official grand opening day will occur on July 24.

Touch the Moon sells snacks, like hot dogs, hot pretzels, coffee, cookies and retro candy like Clark Bars, Sky Bars and Mary Janes. Hot dog, pop and chips are available every day for $2.

“Golden String Inc. is a not-for-profit organization which provides services to over 150 adults with disabilities in a four-county area. The organization caters to the socialization, transportation, advocacy, and vocational issues confronted by adults with disabilities,” said Jimmy Sutman, director of operations.

“We are pleased to have the Touch the Moon Candy Saloon join our library family. It is so gratifying to be able to offer this service to our customers, while assisting an organization which is providing such a valuable service to area residents. It’s nice to have activity in the East Library cafe area which has been empty for quite awhile. We wish Golden String much success with this venture,” said Library Executive Director Heidi Daniel.

“The library is a portal to many forms of communication and learning for our organization, our adults with disabilities, and myself. We share many of the same missions. The East Library is a crown jewel in our beautiful city,” Sutman noted.

“Creating jobs for our clients is a number one priority for us,” said Sonya Danks, of Golden String. The Library is very family friendly. We bring our Purple Catters to the East Library now and we see more and more coming every week for the activities.”

The Purple Cat was founded in 2003 to offer day-program alternatives for adults. Clients participate in a wide range of vocational functions, creative projects and classes that develop daily-living skills. The goal is to prompt each individual to achieve his or her potential.

Golden String Inc. currently runs goldenstringradio.org<http://goldenstringradio.org>, an internet radio station with adults with disabilities as its DJs.  

The organization also is working on its own restaurant, “The Joe Gallagher Lunch Bucket” in the Oak Hill Renaissance Building.

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