Friday, January 18, 2013

Requiem for Ice Cream: The Candy Rush's Last Day

(Denny of The Candy Rush shares some love)

While the store hasn't been open in several weeks, The Candy Rush pulled up its gate one final time this afternoon to clear out the last of its wares, and ILFA stopped by to bid it farewell. For over a year and a half since they first opened in June of 2011, owners and community leaders Kevin and Garnet Phillip built the Candy Rush into a place where folks came together on Franklin Avenue. They hired neighborhood teens, sold locally-sourced ice cream, cupcakes, and donuts, and made everyone who came through the door feel welcome. They hosted classes for kids and get-togethers for parents, musical afternoons and movie nights, Batman-themed birthday parties, and one heckuva wedding anniversary. The shop served as the nerve center for the Franklin Avenue Kids Day, a meeting place for the Franklin Avenue Merchants, and the site of more than one impromptu Pac-Man tournament. And did we mention they served sweet, wonderful, delicious ice cream? Mmm. Ice Cream. Nothing's ever all that simple on the Avenue - and nobody knows that better than Kevin and Garnet - but sitting out front on a warm summer's night with a cone in your hand and people all around, you could be forgiven for thinking that all was right with the world. 

So why must we say goodbye to the Candy Rush, at least for now (as one patron who popped in declared today, "I am SO sad")? Ice cream is a seasonal business (even the lady, who gets about 2/3 of her calories from ice cream, reduces her intake in January) and the host of the Batman birthdays is only getting busier as he gets older. The good news is that we don't have to say goodbye to Kevin and Garnet, who will still be serving up delicious goodies across the street at TasteBuds (stop in this weekend for their latest variation on their popular breakfast biscuits) and still leading the charge organizing Kids Day (if you're interested in volunteering or donating, it's never too early to stop in and offer your services) and other merchant-sponsored activities up and down the Avenue. No word as of yet as to what will fill the space, but since they own the building, they can (and plan to) be discerning about whom they rent to. 

True to form, they closed out the day by bringing bags full of candy up and down Franklin to other merchants and longtime customers (see the photo above). The Candy Rush went out like it came in - spreading a little sugar on Franklin. 

9 comments:

  1. Spreading some neighborhood love... sweetly....

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  2. Too bad, really liked this place, but ice cream must be a tough business, and Ample Hill seems to be one of the few that figured out a model that works. I know we'd actually walk all the way there even on cold days...space, seating, great variety and unique flavors, and small indoor play area for the moppet. I trust he'll bring something of quality into the space.

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  3. Oh man! The Candy Rush was the best place on Franklin. It will be missed.

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  4. This news really saddens me. Kevin and Garnet's sweet and caring natures warmed the whole store. This place will be missed.

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  5. Definitely going to miss this - one of my favorite spots to show off to visitors from outta town and the only place in the world I've seen Abba Zabbas for sale.

    I saw those bags being handed out the other day and hoped it meant they were reopening.

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  6. They were very nice, but the candy and ice cream were overpriced, imho.

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  7. OH NO! Candy Rush was one of the best, most unique stores on Franklin! And Garnett and Kevin are a treasure for this community, as far as I can tell. I hope they do well with Taste Buds.

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  9. This is so sad. I loved the milkshakes. I loved the vibe there. Perhaps they can still serve some of the menu at taste buds. Selling Ice cream is tough, so I understand why they would have to close. I hope something nice replaces it. I also wished taste buds had longer hours.

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