Confectionery store

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Freak Lunchbox candy store in Halifax, Nova Scotia

A confectionery store (more commonly referred to as a sweet shop in the United Kingdom, a candy store in North America, or a lolly shop[1] in Australia) sells confectionery and the intended market is usually children. Most confectionery stores are filled with an assortment of sweets far larger than a grocer or convenience store could accommodate. They often offer a selection of old-fashioned treats and sweets from different countries. Very often unchanged in layout since their inception, confectioneries are known for their warming and nostalgic feel.[2][3][4][5] The village of Pateley Bridge claims to have the oldest confectionery store in England.


"The Great Buddha Sweet Shop" from Akizato Rito's Miyako meisho zue (1787)

Akisato Ritō's Miyako meisho zue (An Illustrated Guide to the Capital) from 1787 describes a confectionery store situated near the Great Buddha erected by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, then one of Kyoto's most important tourist attractions.[6]

In 1917, there were 55 confectionery shops in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which had a population of 70,000 people.[7]

The oldest sweet shop in England, in the village of Pateley Bridge

Modern confectionery stores[edit]

Modern confectionery stores and counters
The store section of Schimpff's Confectionery, located inside the Old Jeffersonville Historic District of Jeffersonville.
The store section of Schimpff's Confectionery 
Confectionery store "Okashi-no-Machioka"
Confectionery store "Okashi-no-Machioka" 
Interior of Stockmann department store in central Helsinki, Finland.
Interior of Stockmann department store in central Helsinki, Finland. 
Confectionery counter in the ground floor food halls of Harrods department store, Knightsbridge, London.
Confectionery counter in the ground floor food halls of Harrods department store, Knightsbridge, London. 


See List of candies.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bruce Moore, Chief Editor, The Australian Oxford Dictionary, 2nd edition (2004). "Lolly (n)". Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  2. ^ "Confectionery Timeline". Archived from the original on 2006-08-27. Retrieved 2006-09-10. 
  3. ^ "Fannie May - History of Chocolate". Retrieved 2006-09-10. 
  4. ^ "Orne's Candy Store - History". Retrieved 2014-08-19. 
  5. ^ "CXP Brief A Detailed Description of the Candy Store and Candy Shop- History". Retrieved 2014-08-19. 
  6. ^ Berry, Mary Elizabeth (2006). Japan in Print Information and Nation in the Early Modern Period. Berkeley, California: University of California Press. pp. 182–184. ISBN 9780520254176. 
  7. ^ "BAKERS AND CONFECTIONERS OF HARRISBURG'S OLD EIGHTH WARD, 1890–1917". Penn State University Press. 2005. JSTOR 27778700.   – via JSTOR (subscription required)