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New shop has the scoop on candy

Published 9:41 am, Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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  • Megan Palladino, left, and her sister, Lauren, are making their dream come true with The Candy Scoop, which recently opened in downtown New Canaan.
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    Megan Palladino, left, and her sister, Lauren, are making their dream come true with The Candy Scoop, which recently opened in downtown New Canaan. Jarret Liotta/For the New Canaan News Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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New Canaan just got sweeter.

Saturday saw the opening of The Candy Scoop -- a confectionery shop that's owned and operated by two native sisters who saw a need.

"We've lived here our whole lives," said Megan Palladino, 22, who has partnered with her older sister Lauren, 25. "We went to South School growing up. We've been here forever."

"We love this town," she said, and for some time have thought about what they could bring to it. "We wanted to do something a little different, something that hasn't been done before."

And while they're not twins, Megan and Lauren exclaimed simultaneously and without prompting, "And we love candy!"

Their grand opening introduced the town to an array of specialty items one won't find other places -- unique chocolate designs and fudge flavor, special import items and "penny" candy for the picking.

"The goal was to carry stuff that you won't find anywhere else," Megan said.

"You won't find it at the grocery store," Lauren said.

Gretchen Barnard, 7, an experienced candy consumer from Darien, said, "There's a lot of good things. It's lots of sweet candies and gummy bears."

With a background in early childhood education, Lauren tends to know what kids will like. "I find they love the gummy stuff," she said.

"And anything colorful, they just gravitate to it," said Megan, who just spent four years studying business.

Having often talked with her sister about starting some kind of business. Megan said, "I was trying to figure out where I would go. We love the idea of a small business."

"We realized there would never be a right time," Lauren said, following many plans that kept being put into the future. "And there's no time like the present."

But the family connection doesn't stop there. Three generations were there on opening day, helping with the tasks.

"I'm extremely proud of them, and I know they'll do a fantastic job," said their mother, Toni Palladino. "They've really got it covered 100 percent. They've handled everything beautifully."

Lee Alicandro, their grandmother, a New Canaan native who has actively helped prepare the store for its opening, added, "I'm really excited. I'm really proud of them. They're really creative."

And then there was Claudia Monaco, who teaches in town and was one of the first customers, "It's great, and it's actually my cousins who own it. It's so cute, and so child-friendly too."

Also helping out were dad Ralph and brother Dominic, who is designing their website. "It's just like a really close-knit family endeavor," Megan said.

Though they've just begun, the sisters already have significant plans for The Candy Scoop. Along with regular sales, they intend to offer a variety of events, including birthday parties, ladies' nights, candy buffets and other promotional events.

Meanwhile, the sisters are relying on their many connections to the town to help get out the news of The Candy Scoop's opening.

"We've found word of mouth has been amazing," Lauren said.

"It's such a small town," Megan said.

Situated at 72 Park St., in the alley right next to the new New Canaan Music store, the hope is that once people are inside, the temptation will do the rest. "This is one of the best candy stores I've been in," said Gretchen Barnard.

For information, call 203-246-3929.

Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.