Stodycze Wedel a sweet shop that has specialized in Eastern European confectionary, especially of the Polish kind, shut its doors on the last day of April.
I first noticed the omens of this when I saw signs mentioning “Space for Rent” the 2nd Saturday in April, but the signs seemed to refer to the upstairs portion, or so I hoped. Then on April 17th I saw another sign “All chocolates 50% off”. So I went in having read between the lines. When asked if the place was closing, Daniel, one of the staff, said, “The owner is closing because the rent went way up!”
He said the store had just celebrated its 20th anniversary. The owner had signed two ten year leases the second of which would expire on the 17th of May.
I blurted out, “This is so sad.”
Another on staff jumped in and said, “Yes it is so sad. People come here from all around for the chocolate. It’s good quality and people really love them and will miss them.”
I know I will. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, and this was the perfect kind of candy store for me. Set up in the old fashioned way with bowls of wrapped individual candies that customers could bag themselves and then purchase by the weight. There are also wrapped boxes. They also sold specialty boxes of candy that in addition to holiday themed assortments, there were also boxes for celebrating a First Communion.
I asked if the owner planned to reopen at another location. “I can’t say, and if so it won’t open up soon. Summer’s no good for selling chocolates, people want ice cream, “ said Daniel.