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The Berry Factory (formerly Shari’s Berries)
Multiple locations; (877) 734-7733; www.berryfactory.com

Local resident Shari Fitzpatrick was just 25 years old when she started her famous berry company (originally known as Shari’s Berries) in 1989. Since then, her sweet treats have been featured in O, InStyle and People magazines and on NBC’s “Today” show and the QVC home-shopping network. Sold online and at three local Strawberry Store locations, they are edible works of art: extra-large California berries hand-dipped in chocolate and decorated with chocolate chips, chopped nuts, coconut and chocolate swizzles.