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Sweet Pete’s, a confectionery company, began as the dream of ultimate candy lover Pete Behringer – also known as “Sweet Pete.” Pete’s love for sweets was fostered by his mother, who opened a chocolate shop when he was just twelve years old. After spending over two decades confecting candy and chocolates, Pete was ready to make his own candy vision a reality, and Sweet Pete’s opened its doors in 2010. Offering hundreds of premium candies and chocolates, Sweet Pete’s mission is to provide a variety of confectioneries that can be enjoyed by all candy lovers alike. Sweet Pete’s also offers vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, and nut-free options catering to an assortment of dietary restrictions. This wide variety of sweets is why many call Sweet Pete’s, the sweetest destination on earth! In addition to a plethora of sweets, Sweet Pete’s offers hands-on “Sweet Science” classes to teach children and adults of all ages the secrets to creating their own delicious treats such as truffles, taffy, lollipops, hard candies, and more. Sweet Pete’s also hosts on-site birthday parties, field trips, and team building events by reservation. In December of 2014, Sweet Pete’s moved into a new location, the former Seminole Club in downtown Jacksonville. This new 22,000 square foot facility offers the ultimate candy experience. In addition to offering confectioneries and gifts, this new location hosts an event center, education center, party rooms, and daily factory tours, as well as a full service restaurant cooking up delicious burgers, salads, and more. View Guest page

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Mario Jr., Interviews Sweet Pete of Sweet Pete’s Candy Shop

March 24, 2015
Hosted by Mario Ridgley Jr.

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Alive and Green Fans get ready for another Amazing Episode. Today Mario Jr’s Guest is Sweet Pete founder of Sweet Pete’s Candy Shop in Jacksonville Florida. Sweet Pete’s is a confectionery company that’s been in business for over 20 years and believe consumers deserve pure, simple, sweets made the traditional way using real cane sugar. Sweet Pete will share his Amazement for all things Candy from very young, perfecting a Science for candy making. Sweet Pete will also talk about being featured on CNBC Reality Show, The Profit with Host Businessman, TV Personality and Philanthropist Mr. Marcus Lemonis. Mario Jr will talk to Sweet Pete about how he recently turned his Candy World into a Candy Universe with an Awesome New Location. Sweet Pete shares why it is important for him to Think Green in his ingredient choices. Sweet Pete also talks about how offering vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, and nut-free options labeled his company as, the sweetest destination on earth, he has something for everyone! You will also find out how you can be hands-on in a “Sweet Science” class. Tune in to Help Mario Jr Support this wonderful Local Business. Mario Eco Jr will also Help you have a Sustainable week with his “Great Green Tip” and he will keep you Laughing with his Joke of the Day. Think Green and Remember; The Box Free Zone; “Don’t Think Outside The Box, There Is No Box” -Perry Damone- www.boxfreezone.com #kidstar,#emprkids

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Mario Jr. Alive and Green

Tuesday at 2 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Kids Channel

The Mario Jr. Alive and Green Show will help you shrink your carbon footprint while connecting you to your neighbors around the globe!

Mario Jr. discovered every year we throw away fifty billion food and drink cans, twenty-seven billion glass bottles and jars, and sixty-five million plastic and metal jar can covers. More than thirty percent of our waste is packaging materials. He asked, “Where does it all go?” Some eighty five percent of our garbage is sent to a dump, or landfill, where it can take from one-hundred to four-hundred years for things like cloth and aluminum to decompose and glass has been found in perfect condition after four-thousand years! Mario Jr. realized we are quickly running out of space and decided to put what he learned in to action by sharing his knowledge of the "Three ‘R’ Basics" - Reducing, Reusing and Recycling! Listen in each week to be informed and inspired!

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Mario Ridgley Jr.

Mario Jr. is a 16 year old A–B Honor Community and Environmental Activist, who at age 12, won the Florida State Science Fair, became class president and partnered with Waste Pro of Florida to establish The Imagine School at Town Center's Recycling Program "Recycling with a Twist"! His innovative kid ran program offers yearly certification to the ISTC Six Measurements of Excellence in economic sustainability goals, reducing school costs with a “Go Green” campaign including lots of fun pizza parties.

Mario Jr understands going green is not the only way to save the planet. He believes in community and works diligently to provide a platform and voice to all cutting-edge kids making a positive difference in the world. Broadcasting legend Perry Damone, the late founder of The KidStar Radio Network, saw Mario Jr's hope for humanity and named him president of the KidStar Radio Corporation. Mr. Damone said “Every day it seems when I turn on the news there are more horrible situations where kids are in trouble. KidStar provides an opportunity where none otherwise would exist, where kids get involved at an early age which molds their character and instill a value system that will let them build self-esteem and pride in their accomplishments."

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