MOORESVILLE – Growing up in northern New Jersey, Sean Colas remembers hanging out at the Corner Store, a neighborhood shop where the owners sold pop, candy cigarettes and scratch-off tickets. Nothing fancy but great memories. The recollections of his childhood propelled him to create SugarPop’s Candy and Soda Shop in downtown. The shop held a grand opening May 9 for its new café with free s’mores for all who dropped in. In the store’s fun-loving style, store manager Cassandra Wood warned youthful customers, “Don’t swing any burning marshmallows, please blow out the flames.” Customers can choose from flavored marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers, as well as coffee, sodas, iced tea and lemonade. Sean Colas, a partially grown kid himself, decided to ditch the grind of pharmaceutical sales with its long hours and overnights. But when he approached his wife with the idea of a candy shop, she thought he’d lost his mind. Not one to give up, he developed a business plan. He first traveled around the country visiting candy shops, picking the owner’s brains for what succeeds in the sweets business. Then he sat down with a friend who works for the “most magical place on earth,” (Disney World) to find out how to make his shop more magical. After many weeks of research, he decided to stock his new store with jelly beans, jellies, gourmet sodas, popcorn, ice cream and nostalgic candy. Adding his large life-size mascot, SugarPop, was the final cherry on top of the sundae. Customers walking into the store slip into a good mood even if they’ve just come from an hour’s traffic jam on Interstate 77. As you enter, the left side of the store houses cheerful glass vials with a variety of jelly beans: Other wall space displays the largest variety of M&M’s known to man. Farther back in the store Pez candy dispenser collectors will drool at the selection lining the wall. A second room adjacent to the store has tables and chairs for families to sit as they sip their favorite soda from Avery to Jones sodas with choices of Buffalo Wings or Peanut Butter flavored drinks. Colas said it’s also becoming a place for local high school students to hang out after school. The room turns into a birthday party room where the store puts on celebrations. Also slated for this summer, the SugarPop’s Candy and Soda Shop will offer a Day Camp with, “minimum candy and maximum fun.” For those having a bad day the store has created video fun on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHcRbXEkK1c. The store evolves to serve all kinds of customers. When first opened, Colas noticed some come in circle the perimeter, and leave. When questioned, the browsers said they were looking for chocolates. That’s when Colas decided to offer Long Grove Confectionery Company and other premium chocolates to satisfy those with more refined tastes. Want to go? SugarPop’s Candy and Soda Shop opens 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturdays, and noon-4 p.m. Sundays at 248 N. Main, Mooresville. Details: www.sugarpopscandy.com or 704-799-0959.