[caption id="attachment_81360" align="alignleft" width="400"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2021\/05\/Little-Rainbow.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="500" class="size-full wp-image-81360" \/> Katie Workman, and her daughter, Iris Krack, are happy to welcome customers to their new business \u2013\u2002 Little Rainbow Treat Company \u2013\u2002a mobile candy and ice cream shop. Photo courtesy of Kathy McCall[\/caption]\r\n\r\nSuzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nSince the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, things have been a little off for all small communities \u2013\u00a0no interaction with friends and neighbors; no festivals and fairs to enjoy; just a lot of social distancing and mask wearing.\r\n\r\nNow that it seems there is a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, there are exciting new things on the horizon \u2013\u00a0festivals and fairs are returning; masks are no longer required for those who have been vaccinated; and new businesses are opening up.\r\n\r\nOne sweet new business is Little Rainbow Treat Co. \u2013 a new twist on the old-fashioned soda shoppe \u2013 owned and operated by Katie Workman, of Marlinton.\r\n\r\nInstead of a permanent location, Workman is operating her sweets shop out of a truck trailer.\r\n\r\n\u201cI started thinking about the idea of wanting to have the feel of an old-fashioned soda shop, but obviously in a mobile truck,\u201d she said. \u201cThe whole idea of nostalgia.\u201d\r\n\r\nWorkman was inspired by her four-year-old daughter and co-worker, Iris, who loves to play ice cream shop.\r\n\r\nAt first, the plan was to be an ice cream truck, but it has expanded to include all kinds of candy, as well.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019ve got mixes that I\u2019ve created,\u201d Workman said of the candy. \u201cWe\u2019ve got eight different mixes and then we\u2019re also doing scoop bags. We also carry Hershey\u2019s ice cream products. We have sundae cups, ice cream bars and pints of ice cream. We\u2019re doing \u201cmake your own floats\u201d and any of the sundae cups, pints and floats can have our candy added as a topping.\u201d\r\n\r\nWorkman said she wanted something fun and enjoyable for all ages, but had kids in mind when she chose the sweet treat avenue. She wanted something affordable for the youngsters, as well.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe wanted to really have something that kids could afford,\u201d she said. \u201cWe do have some higher priced items, but the cheapest thing we have is twenty-five cents for a piece of taffy. We have a seventy-five cent popsicle, so I think we kind of hit the price ranges for everybody.\u201d\r\n\r\nAs a way to give back to the kids, Workman is offering discounts to all 4-Hers who are registered in Pocahontas County.\u00a0\r\n\r\nBecause the shop is mobile, Workman said she plans to travel around Marlinton as much as possible. She has plans to set up at the Discovery Junction, Marlinton Farmers Market and sporting events at Stillwell Park.\r\n\r\n\u201cI think what I\u2019m going to try to do is have event pop ups,\u201d she said. \u201cWe\u2019re going to be at First Fridays. I don\u2019t know exactly where we\u2019ll set up, but we\u2019ll definitely be at all the First Fridays. I want to be at the splash pad [at Discovery Junction] throughout the week. I\u2019ll also just be out of my house, sometimes.\u201d\r\n\r\nWorkman wants hers to be a fun new business in the county and hopes she brings a little joy in a post-pandemic world.\r\n\r\n\u201cAt the heart of it, we just want to spread a little goodness,\u201d she said. \u201cThere\u2019s a lot of symbolism in the name. It comes from Iris \u2013 her name means rainbow. I feel like, after all we\u2019ve been through in the last year, this will be the rainbow after the storm. We just want to spread a little cheer and make some people happy.\u201d\r\n\r\nLittle Rainbow Treat Co. will have its grand opening Saturday, May 22, at 2 p.m. at the Discovery Junction\u2019s grand opening. The event will include music by The Bing Brothers Band and Jake Krack. The opening includes a free piece of taffy with a purchase and a chance to win a giant lollipop bundle.\r\n\r\nFor more information on the Little Rainbow Treat Co. and upcoming pop ups and events, visit their Facebook and Instagram pages.