125 West Bishop Street Bellefonte , PA 16823
By Ellen Matis
It might remind you of a different kind of time in Bellefonte, or a nostalgic place from your own childhood. That’s what Chuck Kormanski was banking on when he decided to open Pappy Chuck’s Candy Shoppe.
The shoppe, which opened officially on April 2 at 125 West Bishop Street in Bellefonte, is really geared towards kids, Kormanski said, but has found that adults are enjoying it just as much.
“They’re being transformed… taken back into their childhood days of having that old-fashioned candy,” he said.
And that has a lot to do with the lineup of vintage brands and unique candies Pappy Chuck’s is offering: Asher Chocolates, Jelly Belly jelly beans, Necco Wafers, coconut slices and root beer barrels - to name a few. And let’s not forget the nostalgic candy bars, like Zagnut, Clark Bars and Mallo Cups. Mallo Cups have been the number one seller since opening, he said.
“You can say that I’m selling candy, but I’m selling fun,” Kormanski said. That’s reinforced through the bright and cheery decor, that still uses an old-fashioned look to display the shoppe’s contents.
Pappy Chuck’s was an idea of Kormanski’s that came to life in a pretty short amount of time.
“Over the summer while walking on the waterfront, the idea just came that this would be something that could really fit well in Bellefonte,” he said. “It’s speciality items that just scream fun.”
Kormanski knew that his job at Mattress World in Bellefonte would be coming soon to a conclusion at that point, as the owners were of retirement age. Kormanski needed a next step, and this seemed like the perfect fit. In February of this year, he found the building that now houses Pappy Chuck’s, and within two months was up and running.
And there’s more coming.
In May, Pappy Chuck’s Candy Shoppe will live up to its awning out front, and offer soft-serve ice cream in the three favorite flavors: Chocolate, vanilla and twist by Ritchey’s Dairy, of Martinsburg, Pa.
So, “why Pappy Chuck’s?,” you might ask? For Kormanski, that’s a simple question. As a grandfather of seven, it made sense to bring the name the kids lovingly call him to his own business.
“As a child comes into the shoppe, I always remind them that at home there are certain rules that they have to follow… but you can get away with a lot of things at Pappy Chuck’s” -- kind of like you might have felt with your own grandparents during a trip to an old-fashioned candy store.
Right now, Pappy Chuck’s is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours will expand in May, when the shoppe will be open until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, and from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
You can stay up-to-date with announcements from Pappy Chuck on his Facebook page.
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