Candy Lane's Location Change Is Bittersweet

After 11 years, the West Islip chocolate store is moving but the business' family touch will always remain.

Candy Lane is heading down a new path. After 11 years, the West Islip based candy and chocolates store is moving their goodies to a new location.

“We’re just moving down the road,” said the store’s owner (who wish not to be indentified). On August 15th, the family run business will set up shop at 563 Muncey Rd in West Islip.

The Candy Lane chocolateers started out as a husband and wife team, selling their sweets on the side while working the restaurant scene.

“We used to work at Howard’s Pub (in Patchogue),” said the owner. “My wife was a waitress and I was the cook.”

Patrons of the restaurant were the first to get a taste of the Paul's homemade chocolates. Their dessert recipe took flight when they were offered a contract with American Airlines to make chocolates as union gifts for the holidays.

“It was then that we needed a storefront,” the owner said.  The couple headed over to familiar territory and wound up buying out the very store they went to whenever they craved something sweet. “The woman who owned the store offered to sell it to us.”

Candy Lane officially opened in 2001 under the new owners and claim they thrive most during the holiday season.

“Christmas is our busiest time of the year,” the owner explained. “It’s great because it’s a full season that lasts from Thanksgiving time to New Years.”

In addition to specialized holiday treats and party favors, Candy Lane comes stocked with chocolates and molds so customers can make the sweets themselves.

While all of the traditional Candy Lane sweets and treats will be available at their new location, the owner’s biggest concern is that customers who only come in on the holidays won’t know they have moved.

“The thing I am most sad about is that we have to take our mural down,” the owner said. “It’s really the identity of the building.”

Although Candy Lane is staying in West Islip, the town wanted the Giraldi painting of a house on a lane with children running down it removed. 

Fortunately the family store is moving just a little more than a mile  down the road from their original location, where you can still satisfy your sweet tooth.

carol July 20, 2011 at 03:41 PM
The West Islip Association complained to the town about the murals at candy lane, mojo's, and hometown hero's, claiming it violated the town ordinance for signs. WIA claimed it made trhe town look shabby.
West Islip July 20, 2011 at 04:20 PM
Carol - you are wrong. Town of Islip issued violations to Hometown Heroes, Mojo & Candy Lane claiming the murals were signs. WIA complained to Town of Islip to change the codes claiming murals are paintings not signs.
Franks and Beans July 20, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Boy you're all over the place and an obvious disgruntled West Islip resident. First of all the West Islip Town Board has nothing to do with teachers, and who attends their school. Secondly,the notices sent to these businesses did not say the murals must be removed, simply that they must apply for a permit. Thirdly,you can always move to Bayshore.
Chris F July 20, 2011 at 05:08 PM
The WIA is out of control. They remind me of the clowns on the Amityville village board who threw a hissy fit because of the colors in the new Shop & Stop logo. Seriously, get a grip. A mural on the side of a building is the LEAST of what should concern the WIA. The WIA is the prime example of why businesses hate doing business on Long Island. The 1950s style insular nonsense must stop if Long Island is to remain viable in the 21st century!
West Islip July 20, 2011 at 05:38 PM
West Islip does not have a Town Board. We have a Chamber of Commerce and a civic association that works with the residents and business owners. All the nay sayers in this town should do something other than post ridiculous comments that do not state the real facts. Why don't YOU do something to fix things & make WI better.
Peace of cake July 20, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Opened in 2011? Hmm I have lived in WI for 36 years and I always remember it being there.
Eileen Rega July 20, 2011 at 06:30 PM
I've lived in West Islip for 30 years and murals are the least of our problems. I drive through West Islip and am very disgusted with the way our town looks both commercially and residentially. It really is looking rather run downish. Don't you think? Murals on some of the rented homes dotting Udall Road would probably be more eye appealing that their current state.
Chris F July 20, 2011 at 06:47 PM
Yeah, a Chamber of Commerce and a civic association who's whole leadership is from south of Union Blvd ... yeah really encompassing of the entire community alright.They don't want to make anything better or fix anything, they just want to make sure West Islip is stuck in circa 1955.
carol July 20, 2011 at 07:28 PM
Chris I could not agree with you more. I am so turned off by them. And "West Islip" AKA "WIA" if in fact you asked the islip town board to consider the murals paintings and not signs, than why did your association not put out an appeal to the community to also call and lobby the town board in favor of this? Not a word did we hear from you.... But wait there is an "alledged" 24 Hr. laundromat planned, and you are shooting out offensive, bigoted emails every day, posting nonsense on facebook, and predicticing the end of our community as we know it if we dont call the town and complain. You are all full of it... chris is right, you want us stuck in 1950, and so every town around us sees change and development, but you all throw up road blocks everywhere. And by the way, according to the shop owners, not only was it WIA that complained about the murals, Wia also took issue with shop owners having stand alone street signs in front of their businesses to help draw people in. WIA thought it didnt look nice.
amanda July 20, 2011 at 08:00 PM
I love West Islip, it has always been my home, and I would love to live here the rest of my life. Unfortunately, this will probably be impossible, as I am still young. It is very sad driving through town and seeing more and more businesses that are shut down. We pay a lot of money to live in this town and it is just very sad to see this happening! I think the community takes a lot of pride in the appearance of their homes, so I can not agree with that comment. I think that post would be a great idea!!!
casey July 20, 2011 at 08:28 PM
The west islip chamber of commerence is not what it used to be. shame on them. they are only interested in gretting their picture in the paper and publicity for their business. they don't care about our town just what our town can do for them. It's time to get rid of its president and get someone who puts this town and its people first not themsevles. West Islip Chamber of Commerce is not just a social club. george
Chris F July 20, 2011 at 10:07 PM
Why not have some sort of elected body? We already vote for the school board and the fire commissioners so why not have an elected community council to replace the WIA and the chamber of commerce?
carol July 21, 2011 at 02:05 AM
WIA are just a bunch of self appointed people. Chamber of commerce leadership is voted on by their membership so if you join chamber and participate in their meetings and activities, you can run for a position. Now, if we were an incorporated Village like babylon, then you would form your own town government.
Chris F July 21, 2011 at 03:03 AM
Does West Islip have a movement to become an incorporated village?
Franks and Beans July 21, 2011 at 04:06 PM
No, Ryan From Virginia Who Hasn't Lived in West Islip Since High School, what's important to West Islip residents is that the town remains the same safe wonderful place it has always been. Look at the towns that surround us. They have all changed over the years, for the worse. I love my town. I grew up here, chose to buy a house and raise my 3 children here. And you’re correct; we are do care about our lacrosse teams. As a matter of fact we care about all of our athletic programs in West Islip. We feel that it benefits our children and it gives them a sense of accomplishment to belong to a team. No one wants to be left out. You know, similar to that Frat you “created.” Make no mistake; my concern for this town out shines your contempt for it. I’m glad you’re happy in Virginia. Don’t worry about us here. As far as my pseudonym goes, that’s my prerogative. You might also consider using one. After reading some of your past comments, it would be in your best interest if people didn’t recognize you. You also freelance for patch? Wow! I’m very impressed. How difficult was it to get that job? Amen to Karen too.
Franks and Beans July 22, 2011 at 12:14 PM
And add a village tax?
Franks and Beans July 22, 2011 at 11:28 PM
I must apologize. I’m so confused. Where do I start? You live in Virginia, yet you feel that you have the pulse of West Islip. You never went to West Islip High School, yet you have a problem with the teachers and students. Oh yes, you also feel from Virginia, and your experiences at St. John the Baptist H.S. that we put too much emphasis on Lacrosse. I think that sums it up. How you can equate a young girl’s tragic death to the town she lives in is beyond me. How dare you even reference that horrific event? For your information, her father said that he didn’t believe she took her own life because of cyber bulling; apparently she was seeking help for some time. But on the other hand, maybe you referenced cyber bulling because you feel somehow I’m bullying you by pointing out your flawed logic, let me assure you that is not my intention. Please do not contemplate harming yourself because I’m not impressed with your journalist ability. Life is tough. Not everyone is going to agree with you just because you freelance for Patch. So for fear of further hurting your feelings I will not comment any further. I wish you luck with you journalism career. One word of advice though- FOCUS on the topic. As far as your comments (responses) go, you use the old “if ya can’t convince em, confuse em” routine. Don’t use it, it shows a lack of confidence in one argument. Regards.
Diane Fontana July 23, 2011 at 06:03 PM
As president of the chamber of commerce I am surprised at some of the comments I am reading. We go to bat for all businesses and work with town officials and residents on the very issues being discussed. Why not attend a general meeting which would be a good forum for people to voice their concerns or comments
Paula July 25, 2011 at 02:13 PM
The article read that the "new" owners took over in 2011. Before that there were different owners and before it was even Candy Lane I believe it was a liquor Store.
Pat September 17, 2011 at 05:04 PM
This is all very interesting reading and I'm sorry I had to go through it only to find that the NEW address for Candy Lane is no where to be found.
Mark September 17, 2011 at 06:38 PM
Pat, second paragraph: “We’re just moving down the road,” said the store’s owner (who wish not to be indentified). On August 15th, the family run business will set up shop at 563 Muncey Rd in West Islip.
margie migneco March 02, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Yes I remember it while I first started going out with my husband in 1979 and it was gret and just like it is now. I'm from N. Massapequa and we have the Chocolate Duck, which was originally Wollys, an old Hardware store that sold house hold items too! I bought a metal cookie press there when I was in the seventh grade. So finding Candy Lane was awesome!!


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