Napa's New Candy Store: What Should It Sell?

More candy shipments are still arriving at newly-opened Boom on Pearl Street in downtown Napa. What treats do you think owner Paul Slack should stock at his salon-turned-sweet shop? Tell us in the comments.

Amid all the holiday-season hoopla this month, a new Napa retailer quietly opened for business downtown.

Boom, formerly a barber salon owned by Paul and Leilani Slack of nearby Bloom Creative Hair Design and Art Gallery and the cooperative Slack Collective Art Studios and Gallery around the corner, has been reinvented as a candy shop where customers can find classic wrapped sweets like Charleston Chews, Pop Rocks and Blow Pops.

Other nostalgia brands like Mary Janes (10 cents) are also among the merchandise assortment, but Paul Slack said he'll also carry 21st-century candies, many of which are shipping to the Napa store this week.

What candy brands would you like to see for sale at the new store? Tell us in the comments.

Vital Stats: Boom, 968 Pearl St., Napa: (707) 287-5988. Open daily except Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Kimberly Jennery November 27, 2012 at 05:46 AM
I'd love to see foreign candy. British candy could include Maltesers, Munchies, Minstrels,Crunchie, Smarties, etc. and don't forget all the WEIRD kinds of Kit Kats you could get from other countries!
Noah Schrader November 27, 2012 at 07:54 AM
Oh man, sell Milka Bars! They're from Europe and by far the best chocolate bars I've ever had. I think they have a version here in the states...but if they could be imported from Europe it would be so much better.
Elaine de Man November 27, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Salted licorice from Holland! Fresh, locally made peanut brittle and caramels.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 05:20 PM
It has to be wrapped candy, Paul said, because selling fresh confections would trigger a lot more health department rules. Here are some more suggestions from readers on our Facebook page: UNO bars, "old school fire sticks" (?), root beer barrels "and any kind of crazy Japanese candy," lemon drops, sesame sticks, Cherry Bombs, Bit-O-Honey (that was me), Fireballs, SweetTarts, Violet candies, Zotz. Co-owner Leilani says "Keep em coming!"
Judy November 27, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Maple Leaf hard candies from Canada. Yum!
Renee Cazares November 27, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Welcome to downtown.. can not wait to stop by!
Kristina Young November 27, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Wine gums! They are British, like gummy bears. And jersey milk, cadbury's chocolate. And flakes. And my favorite: Laura Secord mint chocolate bar (Canadian).
Jamie Clemons November 28, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Old Fashion Taffy.. They use to have it flat and wrapped at Val's until =\ the place burnt down.. I'll have to check them out expect I wanna make sure they have a place I can lock my bike up to (: Peach Rings, Apple Rings just to name a few currently... I know my parents may think of some type..
Frank Navarro November 28, 2012 at 01:14 AM
I was expecting to see something like The Sweet Factory in the photos. They should definitely sell imported candies, I think that would make it the most interesting. Maybe include an ethnic candy section also? Would they be able to sell candies in bins like The Sweet Factory or would that trigger all the health department rules also?
Robert Peebles, Jr. November 28, 2012 at 02:05 AM
saltwater taffy.
Annie Baker November 28, 2012 at 02:22 AM
from Europe ---KINDER Surprise Eggs PLEASE!!!!!! Love those. Bottle Caps, anything with peanut butter and/or caramel in it!!
Anita D'Groin November 28, 2012 at 05:56 AM
I think foreign candies that are generally unavailable in the USA would be good to include. People are very nostalgic about once favorite candies, and are good candidates to become loyal customers. For me? I'd kill for some Fizzers from England. They are a roll candy wrapped like Smarties, but they fiz and foam in your mouth.
Neven November 28, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Bonomo's Turkish Taffy, Necco Wafers (chocolate and mixed flavors), Pixie Sticks, bubble gum "cigarettes". Also, another vote for Fire Sticks ... those were the best hot cinnamon flavored candies ever!
Anita D'Groin November 28, 2012 at 06:05 AM
I tried Wine Gums when I visited England about 20 years ago. I think they were about the most gawd-awful worst tasting things I have ever eaten. But do I think that Boon should carry them? Absolutely!
Tom Wilhelm November 28, 2012 at 06:09 AM
Ditto on the taffy suggestions. The salt water taffy on the Pacific Coast is far superior to the East Coast wannabies.
King Jarvis IV November 28, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Weird. After Sandy, the one thing that I thought of was the salt water taffy that we used to drive from Maryland to get, clear in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Of course the horse jumping off of the steel pier back in the day in AC was cool too. That taffy was like none other. Squirrel Nut Zippers would be a welcome addition to any candy store, I believe. Also, our family trips to Hershey Park in Pennsylvania yielded some of the freshest chocolate the world has ever known, IMHO! Get it direct from there, or Oakdale, Cali.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) November 28, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I asked about Squirrel Nuts and Paul said he will carry them! That is good news: Not all California candy shops have them. I remember from long ago that their headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. had the squirrel logo etched in a glass panel on the front door. Wikipedia tells me that since then the company was bought by Necco and the old plant is now a park called Squirrel Brand Park.
Ash Leigh November 28, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Violet Crumble - Nestles in Australia makes it. It's ssoooo hard to find here in the states. I miss it so. Luckily, Anette's downtown makes something similar.
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" November 28, 2012 at 10:45 PM
King Jarvis IV November 28, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Thank you for the info and update, Louisa.
Joellen Pope February 19, 2013 at 07:09 AM
Pearsons Maple buns!!! They are a mid western candy bar...I see other flavors..currently Cost Plus has the vanilla but the maple is best!


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