Confectionery store

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A confectionery store (more commonly referred to as a sweet shop in the United Kingdom, a candy shop 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 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

Guinness World Records has recognized a store in the village of Pateley Bridge as being the oldest continuously operating sweet shop in the world.[8] The Oldest Sweet Shop in the World was founded in 1827.[8][9]

Modern confectionery stores[edit]


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  4. ^ "Orne's Candy Store - History". Archived from the original on 2014-08-19. Retrieved 2014-08-19.
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  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. ^ Gilbert, Stephanie Patterson (2005). "BAKERS AND CONFECTIONERS OF HARRISBURG'S OLD EIGHTH WARD, 1890–1917". Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies. Penn State University Press. 72 (4): 428–442. JSTOR 27778700.  – via JSTOR (subscription required)
  8. ^ a b "Young entrepreneur buys world's oldest sweet shop in Pateley Bridge". BBC News. 2021-03-02. Retrieved 2021-07-06.
  9. ^ "Oldest Sweet Shop In The World". The Oldest Sweet Shop In The World. Retrieved 2021-07-06.