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Back in the 40's and 50's we had "corner candy stores". There was one on almost every corner. The one that we went to was owned by a man named Philly Lapin and he and his family lived in the same building where his store was located, much like the photo above.
When you walked into the door, the soda fountain was to the right. It was very small with maybe 6 stools. That is where Mr. Lapin stood whenever I saw him. He always wore a white full apron that looked pretty worn for wear. He wore wire rim glasses and otherwise, pretty non-descript. He made the best chocolate malteds and chocolate egg creams.
You don't know what an egg cream is? It did not contain eggs or cream either. Chocolate syrup, milk and soda water. It is imitated today but it just doesn't taste the same.
He had a few turning racks with clear plastic bags filled with plastic toys from the time. My favorite was to collect the little foreign dolls and I had a ton of them. I have seen some on ebay for tons of money. Of course, back then, I got the girl toys and my brother got the soldiers and cowboys.
He had one large card rack for those special occasions.
There was one table with a few chairs and that is where my mom and grandma would sit and chat while my brother and I drank our chocolate malteds with our pretzel rod. The malted was so thick you could scoop it up with the pretzel and there is just something so yummy about that sweet and salty.
The store was not anything like the soda fountains we see today. It was really kind of dark with neon lighting. We got ice cream cones in the real sugar cones of yesterday.
Chocolate candies filled with raspberry jelly, a treat called Halva which is truly an acquired taste and memories for a lifetime.
Most of the time we would go to the candy store every day after school. This was the 1950's, we ate a lot of chocolate! It is a very sweet memory. If I think about it hard enough, I can almost walk through that door and smell the goodies.