By Julie Lawrence Special to Published Apr 02, 2009 at 4:13 PM

In nearly 100 years, Quality Candy / Buddy Squirrel has expanded to 10 Milwaukee area locations and two in Madison. This May, the company is adding a 13th store in the Third Ward.

The confectioner and gourmet company's new spot will be located just south of the Milwaukee Ale House at 215 1/2 N. Water St.

District manager Dave Mayer says, ideally, the new store will be open May 1, but to be safe, prefers to promise "some time in May."

Mayer says the company has had its eye on the Third Ward for a while and calls it a great spot.

Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”