Old Fashioned Candy Store Is Big Business On Dickerson Pike
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A local business is breathing new life into a Nashville neighborhood long plagued with crime and in this case, its success couldn't be sweeter.
Residents have been showing their support for Music City Candy on Dickerson Pike and on Friday even more support came in the form of a shopping flash mob. Several dozen people packed into the store, to spend money, buy lots of candy, and hopefully, keep those doors open for good.
Beyond the buzz of traffic, barbed wire and vacant buildings on Dickerson Pike something sweet is setting up shop in one of Nashville's most crime-ridden neighborhoods.
"Our son bought this building, this past year. It was dilapidated, red flags everywhere, just an eyesore for the community," said Phil Wharton the owner at Music City Candy.
Once an eyesore, the building is now a treat for the taste buds. Music City Candy, they call it, and owners Phil and Carol Wharton hope it can serve as a trip back in time.
"I had a little boy come in and say what's a Mary Jane and I said honey, that was WAY before your time, you'll have to ask your grandma," said Carol Wharton
Some of the candy costs just a penny. There is also salt water taffy and old fashioned ice cream even the candy man himself cannot resist.
Their goal is to keep the past alive by selling candy that isn't as popular today as it once was. But each bag of goodies, the Whartons believe, is also an investment in this community's future.
"People have said you know, I can't believe something like this is in this neighborhood, and I say well why not this neighborhood," said Phil Wharton.
Because what they're really selling, it seems is hope.
"These people deserve good things in their neighborhood and they're not getting it as much as all the other communities, and they should," said Carol Wharton.
Friday's shopping flash mob was organized by a few residents who say they've already seen the difference made in their community, when this family-friendly business moved in.