“When you were a kid, going to the candy store was the highlight of your existence. Candy can take people away from the craziness of the world for a few minutes, and I think people are craving that right now.” — Diane Campbell, owner of the Candy Store (1507 Vallejo St. at Polk)An article in the SF Chronicle suggests that despite a slumping economy, Americans’ appetite for candy is on the up and up. One example is Vallejo Street’s The Candy Store, a mod candy shop with sweets spanning generations aligned in minimalist glass jars. Campbell’s sales “have climbed about 10 percent each year,” the article points out, but mind you the shop also only opened three years ago.
I’m not really sold on the idea that people are easing their financial woes and other economy-induced burdens with peanut butter malt balls and Hawaiian salt brittle. I think the success of stylish candy shops like this one might have more to do with Dylan Lauren‘s trend-setting abilities or 50 Cent. But regardless, I’m glad to hear that my Pixy Stix fix isn’t going anywhere.