Sunday, December 8, 2013

Parkside Candies

Parkside Candies is one of those Buffalo gems that you just have to know about, because it doesn't catch the eye or put itself out there. Here's a picture of the outside. See what I mean? Maybe you've heard about it because it was used in the filming of The Natural. I heard about it from a coworker, and was surprised because at that time I was driving by it every day to and from work. On one of those drives, I decided to take 10 minutes to see what it was all about. It's located on Main St near South Campus, in the same few blocks as Amy's Place and Shango Bistro. I had no trouble parking and I was pleasantly surprised by what was waiting for me inside.
Did you expect that? I didn't. It feels a bit like being on a movie set. There's an ice cream counter where you expect to see characters from It's a Wonderful Life sipping sodas. The ice cream can only be ordered if you sit down and eat it in the shop, where there are plenty of little tables and plenty to look at. 

Around the walls is the heart of the candy shop, where employees in uniform stand behind glass cases full of homemade chocolates and fudges. There are wooden shelves against wallpaper, and old-fashioned candy advertisements. Everything here is a bit over the top, but in a way that really works. They've played to the strengths of their establishment and provided an experience that is one-of-a-kind. 

I explored and took pictures, bought some fudge to share, and was on my way. I didn't mind leaving because I knew that I'd be back many times. I could easily imagine this being a fun family tradition, but if you take my advice you won't wait for a special occasion to stop by.


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