SugarPop’s has added about 15 new candies over the past few weeks. All of these additions have been requests by YOU! Some of the new additions include: Wonka Bottle Caps Smartie Lollipops Squirrel Nut Zippers Jelly Belly Bean Boozled Cow Tales And many more. We plan to add premium Chocolates, Homemade Popcorn, and Cotton Candy over the next couple of months. We are excited, and we hope you are too! So the good news, is that our “Wish Book”, filled out by our great customers, has been a success because we have been able to get many of your requests stocked or special ordered. But, the bad news is that there are many candies that have been discontinued since our youth. Here is an “Unofficial” List of Candies that have been discontinued or changed.
So here we are, one month into our Journey. Its been pretty great thus far. The experts say the first month of business will be the most challenging. But, I see it as one the best months of learning I have ever experienced. Things that we think are going to work, don’t. And things that we were sure were going to fail, didn’t. So, as we figured though, the masses will dictate what will succeed. With that said, we decided to listen to you guys, and bring more selection to SugarPop’s. Instead of mostly “just” candy, we wanted to offer more chocolate and fudge. This will enable us to fill a great need in our area. We are currently looking for amazing makers of these toothsome treats. We want to make sure that we are keeping with our tradition of selecting confections that you just can’t find everywhere. So the research will be intense, but worthwhile. Our goal is to have something in place before Valentine’s Day. But, as I said, and I believe, we cannot rush to a decision to fill up a shelve or table. We want it to be great. We want it to be our customers favorite. We are asking for some help in this one. Keep an eye out for the question on our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/SugarPopsCandy What chocolates and fudge would you like to see at SugarPop’s Candy and Soda Shop? We are talking about types and manufactures. Help us, help you! -Sean
It wasn’t too long ago when I was going to my Grandma and Pop’s (the Folks’) house down the Jersey Shore for Thanksgiving. It was epic. Being that I was an only child, I could not wait to see my cousins and hang out with them for those few hours. I remember my Pop cooking his amazing dishes like Pasticcio and Leg of Lamb. We would play and play, until we were told to sit at the table (the kids’ table). I could not understand why we would want to sit with the adults. They would argue about whatever, and we would just smile, and laugh at nothing, maybe each other. It was so easy to have the best time ever. After dinner, we would eat dessert, and then the adults would play a “friendly” game of Poker, while the kids would help throw in the chips for betting. There, at that moment, everything was right. We were making memories with the family, that I will never forget. I am thankful for that. Now, with three kids of my own, and an amazing wife, its time to add to the memory book. We decided this year, because we opened SugarPop’s, to stay close to home, and have dinner with the new Folks (my parents). Its sad in a way, that we will not see many of the people we’ve made those memories with, or even play a hand of Poker. But, I realize that my boys won’t miss what I miss because this is normal for them. Its OK though, we are going to have a great time! This year, I want to thank a few people in my life. To start, I want to thank my wife, Jennifer, for allowing me to pursue my crazy dream and open up a Candy Store. To let me, without question or concern, open up SugarPop’s Candy and Soda Shop to hopefully help parents and kids make some memories. She is an amazing partner in this journey, and I couldn’t be happier. I love you. I want to thank my parents for inspiring me to open up a small business. They have truly guided me throughout my life, and set me on the “right” path. I hope I can do as good as a job with my kids, as they have done with me. I would love to spend every waking hour with my boys if I could. They are awesome! I love them more than anything in the world. I want to thank them for being the reason why I wake up every morning. I want to also thank my family and friends for all of their mental, physical, and spiritual support. I have heard nothing but positive things from all of them. And I am lucky to have each of them in my life supporting us in every way. And lastly, I want to thank the customers of SugarPop’s Candy and Soda Shop for making it all worth while. I love meeting all of you, and having you be a part of my dream. Thank you! -Sean
The great Louis Armstrong sang:
Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you But in your dreams whatever they be Dream a little dream (of me)
SugarPop’s is the result of our dream to build a place where people could have fun, and make a memory. I think we all, at one time or another, dream of doing “something else”. Well, it happened to me. After being in the pharmaceutical industry for 13 years, I wanted something else. I wanted to be a part of something that made people remember. I wanted to make a place, where in 20 or 30 years, when a child grows into an adult, remembers that time when they went to a Candy Store with their Mom, and had such a great time. A memory that makes that same “grown up” child, make that phone call to their now even more grown up Mom, and reminisce. Because when all is said and done, it’s not really about the Candy, it’s about making memories. It’s not about the transaction, it’s about the smile. So what is this blog about? It’s about sharing some of these memories. Sharing the stories. But, we also want to be a resource for you as well. We want SugarPop’s to be more. So, I need your help. This is your blog. What would you like to see in it? Subjects? Pictures? Answers? Stories? Information? We want you to help shape the blog. But, more importantly, we want you to help us make the memories. Email us, call us, follow us, and surely stop by.