Candy shop opens in downtown Bellefonte

Chuck Kormanski, aka Pappy Chuck, is happy to see his customers’ faces light up when they choose the various candy they want. EMMA GOSALVEZ/THE EXPRESS

BELLEFONTE – Travel back to a simpler time with Bellefonte’s newest shop.

On Monday, April 2, Pappy Chuck’s Candy Shoppe opened and it is definitely one of a kind. Step inside the store at 125 W. Bishop St. and you will be greeted by the smiling face of owner Chuck Kormanski, who will welcome you to a spring blue and yellow haven of chocolates and both old-time and modern candy, with chalkboards displaying prices for an old-time candy shop feel. But it does not stop there, as come May, the shop will also begin selling another favorite treat: soft serve ice cream.

It was not too long ago that Kormanski, former assistant manager at the Mattress World in Bellefonte, realized his dream of opening a candy and ice cream shop.

Inspiration struck over the summer as he was getting his daily 10,000 steps in, walking along the waterfront in Bellefonte. He had been thinking about how Bellefonte needed a candy shop and a place that served soft serve ice cream, and decided that offering both in one place was the perfect solution. He came up with the store’s name thanks to his seven grandchildren, who affectionately call him “Pappy Chuck.”

“My hope is that this is a destination of fun for kids and adults to come in and have a good time while they’re at Pappy Chuck’s,” said Kormanski.

Not only will Pappy Chuck’s provide a combination of treats, but it also is home to some very hard-to-find candy.

Among the candy stands a five-pound gummy bear, three-pound gummy worm, and a one-pound gummy snake. Along with the old-fashioned candy in the store, Kormanski said he is able to provide these rare treats thanks to the Blair Candy Company in Altoona.

In the front of the store are old-fashioned jars holding an assortment of Jelly Belly jelly beans, along with a variety of chocolates from Asher’s Chocolates in Lewistown. In the back is a wide variety of old-time, “nostalgia” candy, such as Mary Janes, Mallo Cups, Clark Bars, and Coconut Slices.

“So far, both kids and adults have had a good time coming in here and getting a bag to just start putting candy in,” Kormanski said. “They’re having a good time just selecting all the different kinds of old-fashioned candies.”

By mid- to- late-May, Kormanski will start offering vanilla, chocolate and twist ice cream, in addition to classic sundaes and root beer and orange floats. The ice cream served in the shop will be from Ritchey’s Dairy in Martinsburg, Pa.

So far, Kormanski said he has been very pleased with the reception to his new shop.

“If this is fun, I may not retire in 15 years,” he said.

Pappy Chuck’s current hours are Mondays through Thursdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting mid- to- late-May through Labor Day, the store hours will expand to Mondays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 2 to 9 p.m.

For more information and updates, visit https://www.facebook.com/Pappy-Chucks-Candy-Shoppe-343853426081295/.


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