Construction at the new Uptown Candy in the Classen Curve shopping center. (Courtesy photo)
OKLAHOMA CITY – Sweet or sour, chocolate or vanilla, all of those flavors and more will be available at Oklahoma City’s new boutique candy store, expected to open in the middle of November.
The store is being opened by Gary and Carolyn Goldman, a couple who already operate Uptown Kids, a clothing store in the Classen Curve shopping center.
Their new store, Uptown Candy, will play off the same name and be joined next door.
Uptown Candy will include 941 square feet of retail space filled with the heart’s desire of candy lovers.
Gary said the couple did not plan on being in the candy business when they opened Uptown Kids.
“(Opening the store) is probably in part due to the inspiration of our product mix sales at Uptown Kids,” he said.
He said the sales trends of the customer and the lack of a boutique candy shop in the area led them to create the plan for the store.
Carolyn said the store will be similar to a Dylan’s Candy Bar.
“We’re going to do more of a modern candy store,” she said. “We want to do today’s generation of candy store. For example, instead of doing gift baskets, we’re going to do sugar cubes, which will use Plexiglass boxes instead of wicker baskets. We’re going to have really cool, modern, edgy designs.”
The interior of the store will have bright-colored cubic designs, displaying the bulk candy and packaged candy for sale. The interior was designed by architect Rand Elliot.
Gary said the store will sell candy in options for people who have various dietary requirements, such as sugar-free and natural ingredients.
They are also working on their own line of candy.
“Our goal is to really break through the market and do things you see in big cities,” he said. “We looked to see what other people are doing around the country and then we put a Classen Curve twist on it.”
Part of that twist will be a caramel apple bar in the store.
People will be able to choose from either hot caramel or chocolate and then dip their apple in a variety of candy toppings.
The store will have fudge available too, though the Goldmans are still deciding if it will be made in-house or purchased somewhere and sold in-store.
But Uptown Candy isn’t confined to its four walls. The other part of the business will be a candy bar catering service, where people can treat guests at parties or events to a large selection of their favorite candies.
“We just think there’s a need for that in the city,” Carolyn said.
Gary said they want the store to be a place where people can rekindle some of their favorite childhood memories, while also making new ones with their own children.
“Candy is something that puts a smile on everyone’s face,” he said.