OAKLAND – Local confectionary shoppe Candy Hollow is proud to announce that it is expanding its presence in downtown Oakland and relocating to 54 Main St., opposite of its current location at 47 Main St. The shoppe opened in its new location Dec. 3 with a ribbon-cutting celebration planned for Friday, Dec. 6.
Candy Hollow opened in 2017 with a mission to bring charm to the community. The whimsical, family-owned business quickly grew a dedicated customer base for its large selection of retro, nostalgic, modern and novelty treats as well as its fresh, homemade fudge, which is available in over 20 flavors that change weekly.
“Thanks to the incredible support of our community, we have been in the position to expand for a few months,” says Lydia Stevens, who owns Candy Hollow with her husband Jason and children Caimbree and Callum. “When considering new locations, we really wanted to stay in Oakland. We love this little town and it was very important to us that we remained here, particularly on Main Street. When the new location came on the market, it was a dream come true.”
In the two years of Candy Hollow’s operation, Stevens has become an integral member of the downtown Oakland business community. Oakland Town Manager Gary Bowman, who has worked with Stevens on the Oakland Business Committee, remarks that the town is lucky to have her on Main Street. “Lydia has built her business, Candy Hollow, from scratch and now owns a successful, one-of-a-kind candy shoppe that represents imagination and fun. Her colorful blend of décor and modern means of marketing not only builds success but also brings us all back to earlier times of unique candies and personal customer service.”
The new location at 54 Main St., with approximately 2,000 square feet, allows Candy Hollow to more than double its current size. The additional space offers the opportunity for new capabilities, including birthday parties, art events, private meetings, family-friendly events and health-focused products like smoothies.
The building owners of 54 Main St., Danielle and Matt Marquis, who also own Higgins & Bolduc Agency in downtown Oakland, look forward to Candy Hollow’s expansion. “This is a perfect location and space for Candy Hollow to grow its business and enhance the services it already offers,” explains Danielle. “54 Main Street has a lot of history and has been an iconic building on Main Street for over 100 years. It will be nice to have a vibrant tenant occupying this great setting and showcasing the exciting business community we have here in Oakland.”
Candy Hollow’s expansion and relocation occurs amidst several planning initiatives in downtown Oakland. The town’s comprehensive planning process has highlighted the potential for increased recreational, cultural and dining opportunities within the downtown district, and the Oakland Broadband & Technology Committee is drafting recommendations for the extension of high-speed internet infrastructure along Main Street.
“This is an opportune time to be investing in downtown Oakland,” explains Garvan Donegan, director of planning and economic development at Central Maine Growth Council. “The community has coalesced around a vision of enhancing its downtown and unique lakeside small-town charm while offering sophisticated business development amenities, and Candy Hollow’s expansion reflects the ongoing realization of that vision.”
Candy Hollow welcomes all to celebrate its new location at a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. at 54 Main St. in Oakland.