- Harbor Sweets candy company was founded by Ben (Benneville) Strohecker, in 1973. A former marketing director at Schrafft's, he started out making chocolates in the basement of his Marblehead home, later moving the company to a 19,000 square foot space in the Point neighborhood.
- In 1989, Ben Strohecker took a year sabbatical to work for AIDS awareness and education, for which he won many honors.
- In 1998, Phyllis LeBlanc, a long-time employee, bought the company from Strohecker.
- Strohecker stayed on for 6 years to focus of public relations and marketing for the candy company.
"Sweet taste of success" Salem Evening News, Dec. 14, 1995, B1
"Candy man of the people: Strohecker gets kudos for chocolates and employee relations" Boston Sunday Globe, Mar. 29, 1992, p.N?
"Chamber honors AIDS crusader" Salem Evening News, Mar. 13, 1990, p.1
"AIDS activist buoyed by increased awareness" Salem Evening News, Nov. 16, 1991, p.1
"A candy dipper's sweet rise to the top" Salem Evening News, Nov. 27, 1998, p. A1