Olde Tyme Candy Company Closes Shop

Closing comes on heels of news that nearby tattoo parlor is also closing.

Downtown Kings Park is feeling the loss of another Main Street business with the closing of .

The closing comes on the heels of the announcement that tattoo parlor, Parlor owner and local resident Steve Gagliano cited high rent and landlord issues as reasons for moving the shop to its Northport location.

Lorraine and Todd Bodie, owners of the candy store could not be reached for comment. It is not clear why the shop went out, but Civic President, Sean Lehmann said something needs to be done in Kings Park.

"It is a real shame that they went out," said Lehmann. "We have to start supporting these businesses. Our downtown area has improved greatly from what it was and we are getting empty storefronts more and more," said Lehmann

I live in KP January 05, 2012 at 12:16 AM
A town often becomes a ghost town because the economic activity that supported it has failed,
Marie January 05, 2012 at 02:31 AM
I am sad to see this go, I would buy my melting chocolate at Olde Tyme Candy to make all my holiday treats!
Frank Mercuri January 05, 2012 at 03:05 PM
It is unfortunate that these establishnents have closed. A business on main street is a business that takes a gamble. over the years I have witnessed businesses come and go. One may say why. There are a number of reasons. One, is the traffic and lack of parking to make shopping convienent. The traffic on main stree is more of a drive through to other areas rather than looking to buy. Secondly,the businesses are not business that truly add economic growth and stability to a cmmunity. They are nice to have but they need constant customers. Thirdly, the rent increases by landlords needed to sustain their properties may be justified when one looks at the high costs lately for fuel and utilities. When the cost of gasoline and heating oil are at the highest I have witnessed in my life, and I remember when we first moved to KP the cost for heating oil was 19 cents a gallon. Today the choice is spend $50.00 to fill the tank of the car needed to go to work thus leaving little for the things we like such as going to the candy shop. I have seen the business district rise and fall, but of late I wonder if there will be a recovery given the fact that the high costs we are expeiencing and the traffic going through town are a detriment to growth. One would ask the question would you invest in a business with conditions as they are? Unfortunately and honestly I would think twice.
angela January 05, 2012 at 08:39 PM
No parking that is the main reason. Sorry to see them go.
Frank Mercuri January 05, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Parking as stated is one of the reasons. The traffic going through main street is not stopping to shop and the meager spots available can only be gotten to if traffic stops to allow one to park or cross the road. Shopping must be convient not a hassle to do it. I was at Ciros Tuesday night at 6:00 and luckily one person stopped to allow me to enter the parking lot .Main street is not as it was since moving to KP 46 years ago, I shopped Patiki's clothing stor without a proplem as the traffic then was nothing compaired to what we now have even with the hospital as active as it was.
Joel Blitzer January 06, 2012 at 01:19 AM
There are hundreds of parking spots at the train lot and municipal lot across from the fire house. Parking is never a problem. A person cannot expect to always have a spot inches from the store.
Frank Mercuri January 06, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Typo "with" not wuth"
Frank Mercuri January 06, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Wuth all due respect Joel, there are not hundred of spots available maybe on weekends. It is still not convient to park. It is a hassle avoiding right turners off 25A to Indian head. In addition, when the train is in it is not fun time. Traffic on mainstreet is heavy from 3:30 till six and beyond. After 8 it is light plenty of places to park. How many shop after 8 on main street? If the weather is fowl I am sure not two many would be shopping if parking were not convient. No one is looking for inches but convience. handicapers are at a disadvantage. No handicap spots on Mainstreet that I know of. Also what is needed is courtesy and abiding to laws that give pedestrians the right of way.Hope maybe the signs will help.
Nick March 04, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I am considering bringing a new business to the town. I've looked into some of the rent, and I must admit I was a bit turned off though. I would be interested in surveying the people of Kings Park and getting opinions on what you would want to see in your town.
Ryan Davignon May 02, 2012 at 03:48 PM
rent in town is to much, i would leave 2. lower rent so down town wont be empty.
George McKnight May 02, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I can tell you the local and county government aren't helping either. The other day they put up 3 more NO PARKING signs on the side of my business because of a useless turning lane. There is NO TURN ON RED at the light so we lost 4 more parking spots in town. This is from the stupidity of the Town and County planning. This intersection does not need a Right turning lane if No Turn on Red. As I said in the past they must want our town to turn into the Bellport Outlets so they can make some kind of massive change to main street and just don't give a dam about local businesses. Smithtown main street looks the same, go figure.


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