Lycoming Candy looks to satisfy even the sweetest of teeth
Lycoming Candy, located at 24 Liberty Lane on the golden strip, had their grand opening on Tuesday.
The new candy store provides a large selection of sweet treats, including 48 jelly belly flavors, fine chocolates, an assortment of over 320 dried fruits, nuts, gummies, hard candy and more.
“People are so excited about it, really, they are. Everyone loves candy. Big, little, old, young, we all love it. Today has been a very exciting day. …This is what we worked hard for,” said Stacy Gardner, manager of Lycoming Candy.
The owner, Michael Somers, opened his first candy store at age 19 at a weekend farmer’s market in Schuylkill County, where he is originally from.
Gardner is an aunt to Somers. Somers’ family from Williamsport is what brought him back, to open a business in the area.
“This is his next venture for this area. …His love has been candy. He said now it’s time for him to get back to something that he really enjoys,” said Gardner.
Somer owns multiple businesses throughout Williamsport, including Sam’s Place Lottery & Tobacco in Montoursville and Muncy, and 8 additional stores throughout Pennsylvania. Lycoming Candy is Somers’ third business in the area.
“I’ve always just liked the presentation and the display of candy, even in the other stores. It encourages people to be happy in our stores, and it’s fun. We’ve always tried to make our stores more fun,” said Somers.
At Sam’s Place Lottery & Tobacco, there has always been candy out on display for customers to purchase.
“I am very excited because we’ve had a lot of demand in our tobacco stores to open a candy store,” said Somers.
Gift baskets are said to be available at the store in the near future, including chocolate baskets, lottery baskets, and holiday gift baskets.
The store will also offer holiday and seasonal themed candy.
“Every season will get bigger and better as we grow,” said Gardner.
The business has already been filling orders for a number of local events and businesses.
“We can fill bulk candy orders for parades, parties, anything like that. You can come in and pick out what you want or you can call in and we will get it ready for you,” said Gardner.
The candy store has lottery tickets available, including machines, instants and dailies.
“We offer a few scratches at our counter, but our vendor carries the top 24 tickets that they have, that they’re offering right now,” said Gardner.
The store is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday’s 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.