Candy store coming to downtown Salisbury

  • Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013 11:47 p.m.

SALISBURY — Got a sweet tooth?

Downtown Salisbury soon will have a store entirely dedicated to satisfying that sugar craving.

Don Vick and son Tyler plan to open the Candy Shoppe on Main at 119 S. Main St., the former location of Grayshore Trading Co. and before that, the original home of the Literary Bookpost.

If you’ve eaten a particular type of candy, the store likely will have it, Don Vick said.

“We will carry everything from Abba Zabba to Zots,” he said.

The Candy Shoppe also will offer fine chocolates and fudge, likely made in Virginia and cut in the store. Eventually, they would like to make their own fudge on site, Vick said.

The Vicks are from Salisbury, and Tyler Vick knows every nook and cranny of his new shop. When he was a senior at Salisbury High School, he completed an internship at the Literary Bookpost.

The Vicks plan to make good use of the store’s large and unique display windows. Don Vick’s wife Nancy, a former teacher in the Rowan-Salisbury School System, will decorate one window with scenes depicting candy.

The other large window will feature a monthly photo contest. Customers can submit photos of someone eating candy, and the winner each month will take home a gift certificate.

The window between the two front doors will show off the Vick family’s large collection of candy memorabilia.

Don Vick has been in the candy business for 35 years and said he introduced Werther’s Original butterscotch candy to the United States when he worked for German owner August Storck.

The Vicks hope to open June 1, but that will depend on completion of a temperature- and humidity-controlled chocolate display case currently being manufactured, Don Vick said.

Renovations are under way in the building owned by Wallace Realty, including new floors, new wiring and paint. Vick said Wallace provided a $5,000 allowance and the family will pay for the remainder of the work.

New floors alone cost $4,000, he said.

The shop will offer gift baskets, chocolate roses and other tasty items for showers, birthdays and celebrations.

Although several people approached Wallace about renting the space, owner Victor Wallace said he turned them down because he wanted a unique tenant.

“They have some very interesting things they want to do, both from display and inventory and even packaging,” Wallace said. “This will be a really neat addition to the downtown that doesn’t replicate anything else.”

Broker Bryce Beard said the Candy Shoppe will become a destination, offering hard-to-find international and old-fashioned candies, plus candy in bulk.

“It will be an ‘experience’ kind of place,” Beard said. “The kids will make you go back again and again and again.”

Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.

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