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Lollipops, SnoBiz shaved ice, and hand-poured sodas bring back memories reminiscent of a different time. Lollipop Central, located in downtown Concord, hosts a wide variety of sweet treats that are sure to make anyone nostalgic. Their old-fashioned store feel is strategic and intentional, and they pride themselves on having hard-to-find candies.
We were able to get in touch with owner Crissie Cain and hear not only her story, but also about an exciting upcoming charity event that they will be hosting next month.
Tell us a little bit about Lollipop Central. What is its history?
is a candy store featuring retro, bulk, and specialty candy. We don't carry your run-of-the-mill, everyday candy found in grocery and convenience stores. We also feature SnoBiz shaved ice, slushies, hand poured sodas and SnoBlended coffees.
Lollipop Central was born overnight. My husband, Lloyd, and I had been looking at places for rent in downtown for a while, and we finally saw where our location had been available for a little while, and had a discussion of what could be placed there. What did Concord not have, but didn't know it needed? We tossed around ideas such as, drop-in child care, doggie daycare, Handmade gift store (I am a crafter). None of those seemed quite right. Then, over night it came to us, Old Time Candy Shop. We went down the next day and signed the lease.
The name took a little more thought. We tossed around names such as, Candy Canes, Sugar Coma (I'm a diabetic), Lollipops & Gumdrops, and then settled on Lollipop Central. Sometimes we wish we would have done Candy Canes, a play on our last name, like the plumbing company.
That was back in February of this year. We opened our doors on April 30, and had our grand opening on May 15.
The reason we were looking for something and opened the store is because we also own a plumbing company. I do the books and run the show, and he and his crew of 5 do the hard and dirty work. He has been doing the hard and dirty work for 27 long years. I want him to be able to retire one day. We are hoping the candy store would allow him to do that. I have a background in retail, and business, so running something like this is second nature to me.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My husband and I have been married for 25 years. (We celebrate our 25th anniversary on February 14, but are renewing our vows this October.) As I explained above, I am the owner, my husband is my silent backer. Together we also own the plumbing company Cain's Able Plumbing, Inc. I work in both our plumbing company office, and in Lollipop Central as well. I split my time between both locations.
What's your most memorable moment you've had while working there?
Grand opening was great. Seeing all the people. Since we have only been open a short time, I don't have much to pull from. I am hoping there will be many more.
What are some of the most popular sweet treats purchased there?
SnoBiz Shaved Ice, Cherry Sours, Sour Neon Worms, Mary Janes, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Chocolate Pistachios, Candy Filled Fruit, Candy Blox, Delicious Fudge, Praline Nuts and so much more!
What can someone expect when visiting Lollipop Central?
A friendly, colorful environment loaded with deliciousness and playing sweet music to jam to.
Are there any upcoming events coming up that we should know about?
We actually have an event planned for next month. It's an Around Town Scavenger Hunt
. Teams scour Downtown Concord with a 1 mile radius of our store to locate clues and post pictures of specific locations. At the end, prizes will be awarded.
See the flyer below for more information about this exciting event, or visit our event page