TROY — The downtown district has won a golden ticket in its newest business.
Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop, located at 1 E. Main St., is set to open Thursday at 4:05 p.m. The confectionary is a sister store to locations in Miamisburg, Middletown, and Chillicothe, as co-owned by Christopher Beers, of Pittsburgh, Penn., and Bill and Tiffany Kelly, of the Centerville-Miamisburg area.
Grandpa Joe’s began with three locations in the Pittsburgh, Penn., region, which first opened in 2012.
“In late 2015, my kids were getting to the age of their mom having to be home full-time,” said Bill Kelly. “She was in Pittsburgh for Christmas and went into one of the Grandpa Joe’s there. She knew the manager, and said, ‘You ought to bring this to Ohio.’ He said they were always looking to expand.
“My wife and I met with Chris, and talked about the concept. It just so happened that the first location in Miamisburg was perfect. We decided to give it a shot to see what happened, and it was highly successful there.”
The Miamisburg location opened in April 2016, followed by location openings in Middletown and Chillicothe in November 2017.
“The relationship between us has really been a home run,” Beers confirmed. “We’ve been scouting communities throughout the Ohio area for the last several months to open another store. We came across Troy, and knew this would be a great community. The downtown district has really come a long way, and revitalization is a big part of what we look for. There are so many eclectic little stores nearby, and we can’t wait to jump in and add to that excitement.”
Grandpa Joe’s will offer over 250 candy bar varieties, over 100 bulk candies, and a $5 candy buffet box deal, in which patrons can fill a box with as much candy as they can fit with a closing lid for $5.
“I was doing the math, and we brought in over 30,000 pounds of product in this store to get started,” Beers said. “That’s just our opening inventory. We’ll feature everything from old-school candies to bulk chocolates. We have Kit Kat flavors imported from Japan, and hard-to-find chocolates, such as a cherry mash out of St. Louis. If they make it, we have it.”
Beers also noted the shop’s focus on unique gifts, including dish towels, coffee mugs, and a “sock wall,” which will include over 125 types of custom socks.
Grandpa Joe’s also includes a custom soda collection, which features over 225 varieties of glass-bottled sodas.
“Much like craft beers, craft soda is a big trend right now,” Beers said. “Our sodas come from breweries all over the United States, and we work really hard to always have a unique collection of good craft soda.”
Regular store hours at the 1,200-square-foot location will be Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“We keep finding the Midwestern downtown district seems to fit our model very well, and Troy’s square is perfect for that,” Kelly said. “It offers us a lot of the things that have worked well for us in other places, and the community here has been great to work with so far. In fact, I think this might be our best location so far — you don’t get a better opportunity than on a corner in the square.”
“We’re very excited to be here in Troy,” Beers said. “We’ve hired about half a dozen local staff so far, and we’re looking forward to continue bringing the dream of a downtown candy store to different neighborhoods in Ohio.”
For more information, visit www.grandpajoes.com or find Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop – Troy, OH on Facebook.