Hooked On Old-Fashioned Candy Stores

by hookedonhouses on September 3, 2009


Welcome to Hooked on Fridays, a blog party I host at the end of each week to celebrate the things that make us happy. Our niece and nephews came to spend some time with us recently, so we took them to an old-fashioned candy store in a nearby town. We all admired the ice cream-cone castles in the windows:


Inside, my niece Elizabeth definitely looks like “a kid in a candy store.”


My son Jake (far end) and my handsome nephews Kurt and Evan had root-beer floats at the counter:


The candy shop was great, but what was really special was having the kids with us. They live 5 hours away, so we don’t get to see them as much as we’d like. The cousins are all the best of friends.


The store is fairly new. It used to be an old, musty and dusty antiques store that gave me sneezing fits. I could hardly believe it was the same place! They did a beautiful job creating a new candy store with old-fashioned charm. I love the original ceilings:


Kids, we miss you already! Come back soon and Aunt Julie will take you out for more candy and ice cream. (I’m not above bribing them with sugar if it gets them here more often!)

I’m linking this post to Melissa’s Beautiful Life party at The Inspired Room because my nieces and nephews make my life beautiful.

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Hooked on Fridays Participants

1. Amanda @ Serenity Now {Summer Photobook!}
2. Arleen @ Seasons for All at Home (Autumn Colors)
3. Terry (Acres of Urns)
4. maya | springtree road
5. BeachBrights (Chapter 6…Adoption Story)
6. Atticmag (Yummy Pie)
7. DesignTies (Yellow vs Purple)
8. Joan@anythinggoeshere: Croquet bouquet
9. Porch Days (San Diego)
10. Styling by Coty Farquhar – Oriental vintage style
11. Trish@TheOldPostRoad (giveaway!)
12. Your home, only better. (Cape Cod Homes)
13. The Shabby Chic Cottage
14. Debbykay @ Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm (French Shutters)
15. Olive Rue
16. sue-in-sydney {hooked on my new favourite perfume}
17. Beach Cottage Love (turquoise)
18. SuzyHomemaker (Mums)
19. Linda
20. Jamie (Organizing children’s books)
21. casaCARA (Hard Choices in Hardscaping – fences, gates, driveways, etc.)
22. Hudson Goods (greatest show on earth!)
23. Lindsay @ Likely Design (E-decorating: A modern boys’ shared room!)
24. Christy @ Embellished Bayou (garden)
25. A Penny Saved – a yard sale stool turned velvet ottoman
26. A Day In The Life Of Ramona ~ Clotheslines…Garland For The Yard
27. Jane@Frugal Fine Living
28. cindy@Cottage Instincts
29. Kelly @In Everything (doing school together)
30. Fifi Flowers Hooked on DOGS!
31. Free Advice Kitchen Makeover
32. Our Nifty Notebook (Mod Podege)
33. ImagineCozy (Personal Retreat)
34. Dixie
35. cristin @ simplified bee (gender neutral baby nursery interior designs)
36. Katie @ Clean & Classic Interiors (Ballard Design Backroom!)
37. A Simple Walk (to-do lists)
38. the BLAH BLAH BLAHger (chimneas/outdoor fireplaces)
39. Victoria@Whimsy by Victoria
40. Kate @ Stolen Moments (German chocolate bars)
41. It Feels Like Chaos (healthier lifestyle)
42. PamperingBeki {Cora’s Playground}
43. Flower Patch Farmgirl (Country Drives)
44. Becky K. @Hospitality Lane
45. Decorating The Inspired Room (Decorating With Natural Elements)
46. Oops! I Craft My Pants- Laptop cases!
47. HouseInsideOut (Hooked on mosaics!)
49. Laurie@My Domicile Style (Make a Difference – “Maggie Lee…For Good”)
50. Candi @ Candace Rose (Ready For The Weekend)
51. Dagny @ Beautiful Living (this amazing villa from 1872!!)
52. Claudia @ Dipity Road (Bunny visit)
53. Jenny @ Kerr Family Blog (Our Own Painted Portrait)
54. Kitchen Stewardship (Camping Multi-tasking Bottle)
55. Sedona@MyDivineDelights
56. Tracey @ Girls to Grow (Baskets)
57. Robin~All Things Heart and Home~Fall Nesting & a little craft!
58. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions
59. Tara @ Feels like Home (peanut butter pie)
60. Linda @ Lime in the Coconut {Stairway of hope…}
61. Things That Inspire (a light touch of Tuscan style)
62. TidyMom (Front Door Vinyl & Giveaway)
63. Black eyed Susan’s kitchen
64. velvet and linen (hooked on all white bathrooms and a giveaway))
65. TheLittleBeanBlog (Dash & Albert Rugs)
66. Geezees (Giveaway!)
67. Stephanie @ A Fine House (Vinyl Wall Art)
68. Jean Stockdale-The Bunny Hop
69. Amy (flower Mod Podge tote)
70. Newlyweds (Painting)
71. Sara @theCincyLife (Walkable Cities)
72. elizabeth@alizardsdailyjourney.typepad.com
73. Deb@Ribbonwood
74. Lisa (Follow my Bedroom Re-do)
75. Cindy @ Applestone Cottage -hooked on thrifty autumn tablescape
76. Richella @ Imparting Grace (BEST Pumpkin Bread)
77. Liz @ IGTBH (let your pets sleep with you?)
78. Erin’s Awesome Blog (Fading summer)
79. m @ tales from an oc cottage {tray chic}
80. Shelley @MAHM (balance your time)
81. Marsha (empty nester starting nursery)
82. Camila@High-Heeled Foot in the door
83. Jaime @ A Place Out West (fall!)
84. StuccoHouse (vintage stoves)
85. Carolina Mama (Guilt Free Seven Layer Mexican Dip)
86. Cass @ That Old House (Old East End Houses)
87. Jamie – Hooked on Outdoor Living!
88. Leanne@Organize&Decorate Everything(bottles)
89. pk @ room remix (fall midwest living)
90. Linda @ Restyled Home (hooked on organization)
91. Morning T {Aussie blogs}
92. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove (Last weekend for lots of yard sales!)
93. Sarah
94. Kelli@JOY(miracles)
95. e-Mom (Outrageous Cupcake Art)
96. Carolina Mama (Hooked on Mailboxes)
97. Jen R Hooked on ice cream and an ice cream giveaway
98. Simply Sweet Home (Help w/ Autism, ADHD, etc (giveaway))
99. Jillian@Housewears (the hot red trend)
100. Live In Full Color
101. Mountain Moma-Adventure in Seattle

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Arleen @ Seasons for All at Home September 3, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Hi Julia. There’s an old fashioned candy store where I live. It’s so nostalgic! Every type of candy my sisters and I can remember from our childhood is there. What a fun place to spend time with younger members of the family!

As always, thank you for hosting Hooked on Fridays.

Amanda @ Serenity Now September 3, 2009 at 8:41 pm

I bet their mom and dad LOVE you…stuff ‘em full of sugar and send them home. ;) The ceilings in that shop really are fab! I love the bright colors. The big glass jars of gum balls are so fun. :)

Thanks for hosting, Julia!!
.-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..Hooked On: Summer Photobook Freebie =-.

Terry Kearns September 3, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Those ceilings are beautiful. I think adult like these candy stores as much as their children. Maybe more: so many memories.
.-= Terry Kearns´s last blog ..Acres of Atlanta Urns =-.

maya | springtree road September 3, 2009 at 8:43 pm

that looks like so much fun! :) when i was in college, i worked in a shop with a ceiling like that. love those ceilings.
.-= maya | springtree road´s last blog ..It’s a long wool breed =-.

Joan@anythinggoeshere September 3, 2009 at 8:45 pm

I am so sorry. I am using a new mouse and my finger slipped ~ really ~ and the first link #5 is wrong, wrong, wrong. #6 is my correct link! Love the old fashioned candy store.
.-= Joan@anythinggoeshere´s last blog ..Pot your Croquet Set ~ or what to do when your plants are dead! =-.

Joan@anythinggoeshere September 3, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Wow, in the time I typed that my correct link became #9. I apologize again.
.-= Joan@anythinggoeshere´s last blog ..Pot your Croquet Set ~ or what to do when your plants are dead! =-.

Atticmag September 3, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Forget the candy Julia, my weakness is the glass jars and old candy scales (the white one in the last pic…*swoon*). I would be the ultimate kid in a candy store if those items were for sale.

The boys are handsome dudes but sweet Elizabeth with her oh-so-cool sunglasses looks simply mahvelous!! Thanks for hosting, Jane T.
.-= Atticmag´s last blog ..Blueberry Lattice Pie =-.

Porch Days September 3, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Don’t we all wish we lived near a store like this?
.-= Porch Days´s last blog ..To San Diego And Back! =-.

Susan (Your home, only better.) September 3, 2009 at 8:54 pm

I love that they kept the vintage feel about the store. Who’s the ghost in the first pic? ;)

.-= Susan (Your home, only better.)´s last blog ..Cape Cod Homes 101 =-.

DesignTies September 3, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Yum, candy & ice cream!!! I bet your niece & nephews love visiting Aunt Julie!! :-)

The “new” candy store has a lot of old charm — love the beautiful wood trim and wainscoting :-)

.-= DesignTies´s last blog ..Yellow vs. Purple Smackdown =-.

Coty Farquhar September 3, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I can’t believe it’s Friday again, my goodness, where do the weeks go?
Julia, looks like you have had a fun time in this store with your family. What a wonderful window display. I know my hubby would love to be there with his sweet tooth.

I’m back to blogging after months and months of work and I’m showing this week some of the ball that I created last week. A vintage oriental style theme, lots of colour, lots of work and lots of fun….. come and have a look.

xxx Coty
.-= Coty Farquhar´s last blog ..The Debutante Ball – A Vintage Oriental theme with birds and blossoms.. and my 100th post.. =-.

Dawn September 3, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Isn’t that charming and quaint? And I bet the sweets are yummy.

That reminds me of an old-fashioned ice cream parlor that I used to love when I was growing up in Westport, CT. It was only around for a short time but it is a “sweet” memory.

The decor was wonderful and they had old-fashioned candy like penny candies as well as ice cream. And they had old-fashioned video machines that you peer into that resembled telescopes.

You would have loved it.

sue September 3, 2009 at 9:11 pm

love the shop front and the gorgeous window display……

Suzy September 3, 2009 at 9:22 pm

I love old fashioned candy….There is a huge store with jarred candy on Rt 1 in Maine.
My kids are crazy about it!!!
.-= Suzy´s last blog ..Mums the Word…… =-.

Linda (HeartfireAtHome) September 3, 2009 at 9:34 pm

I live in a town where we have an old fashioned candy store – yum!!! Thanks for hosting the blog party! Am a new blogger (a few weeks) and came across your wonderful blog last week. Afraid I mucked up my first link (you can only see my first name!!!!) next time I’ll know what to do – lol. Will try to ‘party’ with as many blogs as I can today!

Thanks again.
.-= Linda (HeartfireAtHome)´s last blog ..Don’t Be Scared Of Pattern! Tips To Overcome Pattern Stage Fright – Part Two =-.

Jamie September 3, 2009 at 9:42 pm

How fun! I love all the color that the candy brings into the store. The ice cream cone castle is such a neat idea too! I’m glad you had a chance to share such a fun place with your family!
.-= Jamie´s last blog ..Fun storage for children’s books =-.

Lindsay @ Likely Design September 3, 2009 at 9:45 pm

When I was doing my internship at an interior design firm, they’d always send me to the candy store around the corner for treats! I miss that place! Plus, my boss always bought – ha!!
.-= Lindsay @ Likely Design´s last blog ..{E-Decorating} Trent & Brad’s Modern Boys’ Room =-.

Cindy September 3, 2009 at 9:59 pm

I think I gained 10 pounds reading this post :o) I’m playing too….Mackinac Island homes make me happy!
.-= Cindy´s last blog ..A button, a button, I made me a button! =-.

Fifi Flowers September 3, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Ooooh I’m hooked on caramel apples!!! YUM!!! Bon week-end mon amie! Fifi
.-= Fifi Flowers´s last blog ..Fashionable Friday is for the dogs… =-.

Jane September 3, 2009 at 10:13 pm

What a great place! I love the castle. Now I am craving ice cream and candy.

Jenny September 3, 2009 at 10:16 pm

That looks like such a fun place!
.-= Jenny´s last blog ..Hooked On Friday: Mod Podge =-.

Dixie September 3, 2009 at 10:24 pm

I love the candy store photos! Reminds me of a friends wedding reception this summer where there was a table full of candy jars and little paper cones… you just filled your cone up with what ever you wanted! making my mouth water right now!

I’m joining in the fun for the first time… I guess I’ve just not been hooked on anything recently… until now!

and now… I’m hooked on those jars of kid-candy!
.-= Dixie´s last blog ..Hooked on "Cal-Lee-Four-Nya"… =-.

Flower Patch Farmgirl September 3, 2009 at 11:20 pm

I cannot get over the modern track lighting with the vintage tin ceiling. Magic!
.-= Flower Patch Farmgirl´s last blog ..My Neck of the Woods =-.

Diana@TheDevineHome September 3, 2009 at 11:29 pm

The pic of your niece eyeing those candy jars is precious!
.-= Diana@TheDevineHome´s last blog ..An Afternoon In Covered Bridge Country =-.

melissa @ the inspired room September 3, 2009 at 11:49 pm

UGH. Sorry about my link title… “Decorating The Inspired Room?” Whatever. :-) Long week! {again! LOL!}
.-= melissa @ the inspired room´s last blog ..Natural Elements for Fall Decorating =-.

greenie September 4, 2009 at 12:41 am

Nice! My brother and I used to go a really old-fashion “general store” on the coast of Mass when we vacationed there every summer. It had all these candies we never saw anywhere else and were a penny-a-piece. My favorite were these multi-colored candy drops attached to a paper ribbon. If that place wasn’t enough, there was a fudge shop across the street. Talk about sugar overload! Good memories… :-)

Hayley September 4, 2009 at 2:31 am

Oh wow, what a great shop!
.-= Hayley´s last blog ..meeting zac. =-.

beth September 4, 2009 at 2:38 am

What a beautiful store! And I loved that photo of your niece with the big smile on her face. So cute!! Happy Friday! :)
.-= beth´s last blog ..My baby’s first day of Middle School =-.

Sedona September 4, 2009 at 3:48 am

yummmmmm candy! Love all the smiling faces! :)
.-= Sedona´s last blog ..Everyone loves a cute pair of shoes! =-.

Kathy September 4, 2009 at 6:24 am

I love the picture of your niece inside the store! She is darling!
.-= Kathy´s last blog ..Review: Losing Mum and Pup =-.

black eyed susans kitchen September 4, 2009 at 6:48 am

Great post, Julia! My kids (grown teens and twenty somethings) and I love old timey candy shops. Not just for the nostalgia, but for the magical quality and the ambiance. Very fun and happy place.
?, Susan
.-= black eyed susans kitchen´s last blog ..WHERE IS THAT INSPIRATION? =-.

velvet and linen September 4, 2009 at 6:59 am

I’m with you, Julia. I love a great candy store.
We found a wonderful one when we spent the day in Carpenteria.
There is nothing like seeing your kids’ faces light up like that :)

Happy weekend.

.-= velvet and linen´s last blog ..219 north cliffwood…. the all white bathroom =-.

stephanie September 4, 2009 at 7:09 am

Hi Julia, looks like you had a great time with your family…and that store is “sweet”!
Happy Friday!!
.-= stephanie´s last blog ..Kids Photos on Canvas, with Word Art, how would you describe your child?? =-.

Greet September 4, 2009 at 8:05 am

I really love to look to kids in candy bars! They all seem so happy! And sometimes grown-up persons can feel the same happyness by eating sweets!Isn’t it?

Have a nice weekend,

.-= Greet´s last blog ..Open doors at Garnier Antiques =-.

Cindy at Applestone Cottage September 4, 2009 at 8:21 am

Hi Julia,
My first hook up for your blog party! I love your blog, it’s wonderful and one of my faves to read! Cindy

Richella at Imparting Grace September 4, 2009 at 8:47 am

Hey Julia–

Why can I never seem to get my act together to participate in this wonderful party in a timely way? I’m going to change that. I love the “Hooked on. . . ” party idea. There’s so much scope for imagination in that! And it’s so much fun to see what everyone likes, isn’t it? Old-fashioned candy stores? Oh, my. I’m right with you on that one.

Thank you for hosting us! Have a great weekend.
.-= Richella at Imparting Grace´s last blog ..Let it fall =-.

Shelley September 4, 2009 at 9:16 am

Mmm, root beer floats- yummy! I love candy shops- there’s a great family chocolate shop where I live that makes the best stuff. Now I might need to go there…
.-= Shelley´s last blog ..Why You Can’t Balance Family and Work Time =-.

Marsha September 4, 2009 at 9:23 am

Looks like you all had a good time! Great memories! Thanks for hosting!
.-= Marsha´s last blog ..when an empty nester starts a nursery =-.

Jaime @ A Place Out West September 4, 2009 at 9:36 am

What a precious little shop! I love it. Thanks for hosting this fun party every week. :)
.-= Jaime @ A Place Out West´s last blog ..is it fall yet? =-.

StuccoHouse September 4, 2009 at 9:42 am

Hehe….everyone is looking at the candy. I’m the old house nut that is checking out the store’s cool exterior wainstcotting, the interior woodwork…and oh-so-cool tin ceiling!

Thanks for the Hooked-On Party :-)
.-= StuccoHouse´s last blog ..From The Pages of A Magazine =-.

Cass @ That Old House September 4, 2009 at 10:02 am

Hi Julia — I wrote about the East End of Long Island today, and out there in Riverhead is a time capsule of a candy store — amazing. All original, still in business — marble counters, brass everywhere, pressed tin ceilings — it’s amazing. Thanks for reminding me! Looks like you had a blast with the kids!
.-= Cass @ That Old House´s last blog ..Hooked On The Old Houses of the East End =-.

Jen @ After The Alter September 4, 2009 at 10:06 am

I think it’s sad that there aren’t too many stores like this anymore! They are so quaint and nice. Towns are now filled with the BIG companies and such , and those stores lose the charm that stores like this have.
.-= Jen @ After The Alter´s last blog ..“Off Shopping” Support =-.

pk September 4, 2009 at 10:22 am

Old fashioned candy stores are so fun. My relatives have a cabin up north and when we go there I always love to visit the old fashioned ice cream shop/candy store. It’s probably a good thing that I don’t have one close by!
.-= pk´s last blog ..Fall Midwest Living =-.

Morning T September 4, 2009 at 10:42 am

What a ‘sweet’ post Julia. When I was a kid I remember having my birthday parties at a cool old fashioned style candy store and ice cream parlor in Denver.
Happy Friday and long weekend. :-)
.-= Morning T´s last blog ..The Aussie’s have it! =-.

Sarah September 4, 2009 at 11:48 am

What a cute place! I love all the colors!
.-= Sarah´s last blog ..Historical Towns Have Stolen My Heart =-.

Jen R September 4, 2009 at 10:55 pm

.-= Jen R´s last blog ..Blog roll round up.. =-.

Jillian@Housewears September 5, 2009 at 1:17 am

Candy stores are the best, they bring back so many good memories! I think MacIntosh taffy in the red box is my absolute favourite!!! Thanks for sharing!
.-= Jillian@Housewears´s last blog ..Colour Focus – Seeing Red! =-.

Live In Full Color September 6, 2009 at 7:42 am

The store reminds me of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory…my kids would lose their minds! In NYC we have Dylan’s Candy Bar- but it’s no where as charming as this. Love the idea of sitting at a counter having a root bear float!
.-= Live In Full Color´s last blog ..An Animal Of A Different Color =-.

Candy @ SoBella Creations September 6, 2009 at 8:43 am

What a fantastic Candy Shop! I know my girls would be in heaven if they went to that Candy store.
.-= Candy @ SoBella Creations´s last blog ..Giveaways Giveaways =-.

Gayle at Mountain Moma September 6, 2009 at 9:15 am

I love the vintage look to this old fashioned candy store!
.-= Gayle at Mountain Moma´s last blog ..Adventure in Seattle =-.

Elaine's Semi-Homemade Life October 20, 2009 at 12:27 pm

We love old fashioned candy stores, too! Did some summer pics in front of the one in our downtown square this summer. :)

.-= Elaine’s Semi-Homemade Life´s last blog ..Houston, we have a problem…. =-.

JenRose November 10, 2009 at 11:37 pm

I’ve been reading your blog all this time and I just now realized you live in the Nati! This sweet shop is in the town I live in, I’ve never been inside, only shopping at the boutique next door…now I’m definately going to have to take my son there!
.-= JenRose´s last blog ..bargain landscaping =-.

rej April 14, 2011 at 11:53 am

how do i participate on the list of blogs? thanks, Maam.

hookedonhouses April 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Sorry, but this link party is from 2009 and no longer active.

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