MOUNT VERNON — An attempt to recreate one of Mount Vernon's historic businesses will come to an end in October. Candyland, owned and operated by Dave Bumpus, will be closing after the first weekend of October.



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5 Responses to “Candyland to close its doors”

  1. LadyS

    Yeah…when I heard of CandyLand I was so excited. I guess I picture a place with black and white tile floors, red bar stools, and ever candy you can possibly imagine. I was greatly disappointed when I walked in the first time. I expected something out of the 50s (or so) and got something bland and lack luster. It’s too bad it didn’t work out for him.

  2. EH

    I agree with Josh. When you walked into the place all you saw were chocolates from the front of the store to the back — monotonous and boring! Once I asked the owner if he had any gummy candies, and he responded to my question as if it were the dumbest one he had ever heard. Like I was a fool for thinking a store named “Candyland” would have (I don’t know) candy.

    I visited the store on three or four occasions and tried to engage the owner in conversations each time, about: 1) candy in general; 2) gummy candies in particular; 3) whether his very interesting old scale actually worked or not; etc. On each occasion I was THE ONLY CUSTOMER IN THE STORE and yet the man treated me like I was disturbing him and wasting his time. If he thinks the bad economy was what caused his business to fail, then he has another think coming to him. How dare he try to imply that the White House and President Obama had anything to do with his business’s failure.

    He may be a nice enough person outside of his Candyland, but he was repeatedly rude to me when I was there as a paying customer. The analogy of the box of chocolates keeps coming into my mind. This man was the piece with the nasty filling that you can’t get rid of fast enough.

  3. Josh

    The Candyland didnt have candy! There were exensive chocolates but not much else. I went in there twice with my wife and kids and both times the person working acted as if we were disturbing him. Poor service, bad selection = out of business.

  4. matt

    I liked visiting Candyland, but I dont think the economy was the main culprit. Like most stores downtown they have limited hours and no one seems to be open on sundays. I wonder how much more busy he would have had if he stayed open later in the day and was open even for half a day on Sundays

  5. Jacob

    It’s too bad. Dave gave it a good effort. But he opened a business selling luxuries at a time when people are cutting back on the essentials.