The Cotton Candy Factory opened beside a couple other goody mainstays on the main drag through Belmont. It will serve twenty-five flavors of cotton candy made in the shop, and its décor is inspired by Willy Wonka. Everything is neon pink, blue, orange, or green, even the chef hats—everything except the colossal, fire engine red gumball machine donated by a local family. In addition to cotton candy, the shop will sell candy by the pound, like the old-fashioned stores did. The name of the joint is a tip of the hat to the cotton textile industry that used to fuel the Gastonia economy. But what makes everything even more delightful and delicious are the employees. The Cherubs Café, Candy Bouquet, and Cotton Candy Factory are all staffed by clientele of the Holy Angels residential and daycare center, which serves persons with varying degrees of mental and physical disabilities. When fully operational, the three shops will employ thirty. President and CEO Regina Moody says the stores help customers see the disabled in a different light, as employable and independent.