CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Peanut Shoppe in downtown Charleston is back in business after being closed for this week's chemical leak.
Owner Adam Kimble even decided to reward his customers with a special: $2.10 for a quarter-pound of black licorice jelly beans.
But for some reason, nobody seems interested.
"I've only had one person, one guy. And he got very little," Kimble said.
Maybe it's the sign out front.
"Today's special," it reads. "Crude MCHM Jelly Beans."
The word "Licorice" is crossed out.
It's a joke, of course. On Jan. 9, county officials began receiving reports of a strong licorice smell throughout the Kanawha Valley. The smell turned out to be the first sign of a massive chemical leak that left 300,000 people in nine counties without tap water.
The chemical, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol or crude MCHM, is typically used to clean coal. Apparently, when you add it to the water supply, it makes tap water smell like licorice . . . and causes rashes, nausea and diarrhea.
Kimble still could not use the tap water at his home when the Daily Mail visited his shop on Wednesday but, like many others, he remained in good spirits.
He put his "special" on the Peanut Shoppe's whiteboard sign and said many customers enjoyed the joke, too.
"We like to joke around a little bit. Make people laugh a little bit in hard times," Kimble said.