By Kevin Williams
The downtown of my hometown, up until a few years ago, was a hollowed out shell of its former self. Not long ago, it was a miasma of empty storefronts, cash-for-gold, pawn shops, and cell phone stores. The past few years, though, have witnessed a true rebirth, with a community college, restaurants, brew pubs, a book store, coffeehouses, boutiques and, now, to top it off: a candy store. When Grandpa Joe's Candy Store opened its doors in my hometown last weekend it was like a collective whimiscal sigh for a city waiting for something like this.
It's an amazing store: a $5 all you can stuff into a box candy buffet,
homemade candies, ice cream, whimsical gifts, and - ugh - specialty sodas of about any kind imaginable. Pickle soda, anyone? Man, as a soda junkie, that is going to be a tough section to resist.
Taking our 4-year-old daughter there was like, well, bringing a kid into a candy store. I think she wanted about everything she saw.