The Candy Shoppe closes

The Candy Shoppe Closes over steep Hoboken rent increase

Bad news, sweet-lovers! The Candy Shoppe, located at 59 4th Street for just about two years, closed down this past weekend.

The owner cited a nearly $20,000 annual rent increase from her landlord, and decided to discontinue her candy operation at this location. No decision has been made if she’s re-locating, but is open to that option in the future.

Word on the street is that The Eyebrow Place located around the corner at 322 Washington St. is moving here next – also victimized by skyrocketing rents on the Avenue.

Candy Shoppe in Hoboken doing great already!

2/13/2009 Update:

Swung by in the mid-afternoon a couple days ago – and while the store is still waiting for about 40% of it’s inventory to arrive (cool stuff from overseas, and other sweet items) – the amount of traffic owner Meg Rankin got was amazing! At least 20 customers came in during the short time I was there – and most bought something. Whether it was mint malt balls or the gargantuan gob-stoppers, there seemed to be something everyone liked.

There’s also a giant chalk board that many kids came in and wrote on.. like an old school “instant message” system, without the “instant.” Pretty neat & retro.

The official Grand Opening is Saturday, February 21st.

Here’s a quick photo gallery. I think the sandwich board on 4th and Washington really helped them out, too. Congrats, Meg!


2/10/2009 Update:

A Hoboken411 reader mentioned to me the other day that the Candy Shoppe has quietly opened. I walked by yesterday (early afternoon), and they were closed, but looked fully done, complete with inventory, scales and the like.

I was in the mood for some chocolate covered peanuts too. Maybe today I’ll be lucky enough. Hey Meg – weren’t you supposed to let me know? Gripes!


8/15/2008 Update:

Construction is moving along slowly but surely.

Hope they can open before Halloween!



The Candy Shoppe

A Hoboken411 reader spotted this new business coming to town on 4th Street (between Hudson and Washington), and provides us with today’s “Literary Quote.”

“I would stand transfixed before the windows of the confectioners’ shops, fascinated by the luminous sparkle of candied fruits, the cloudy lustre of jellies, the kaleidoscope inflorescence of acidulated fruitdrops — red, green, orange, violet: I coveted the colours themselves as much as the pleasure they promised me.”

– Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) French Existentialist, writer


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169 Comments on "The Candy Shoppe closes"

4 years 9 months ago

Store was probably great but I couldnt get past the smell the last time I went in there. If I had to guess the smell was a lot like cat “spray” so as I was intrigued to enter but I was quickly compelled to leave after wondering if they were breeding cats in the back.

6 years 6 months ago

Went by here today and they are as friendly as ever. The owner told me they plan on staying open until 9 soon. Always a crowd pleaser!

7 years 5 months ago

I love the Candy Shoppe paint job– bye-bye bloody red! Meant to compliment it sooner.

But, uh, the carpet needs to go. The place is too small and cozy for it. And it gives off an unusual odor.

Other than that, it’s perfect.

7 years 6 months ago

the problem when the debate comes up about mom and pop shops is that it ignores the fundamental problem with hoboken: it’s a transient community. i mean, of course, who wouldn’t want a shop like this over a generic place or some dirtbag realtor office. it’s the lack of places like this that make this town hard to justify living in. the ones that are present are dumpy places on washington street that make you depressed when you walk by because you feel like you are living amongst white trash (those cheap furniture stores or card/gift stores or that cheap shoe store).
the problem, however, is that hoboken is a place where many people have a finite timeframe for living in. it’s really, really unfortunate, but understandable. so long as the schools suck – which they will so long as the city is managed by incompetents as well as some of the “clientele” at the schools (let’s put the political correct bullsh*t aside, thanks), most people will always flee by the time the kid hits 5 or by the time they’ve gotten their fill some other way.
i hope this store kills though. the few bright spots of “character” we can have, the better the ride while we are all still living here.

7 years 6 months ago

The place rocks.

they have some great old standards and then a few surprises such as Australian licorice that make twizzlers tast like petrified dog sh!t