They don't use the phrase "like a kid in a candy store" for nothing. Kids totally understand the simple happiness that is sugar, give them the added bonus to browse and choose a perfect treat from a stand of perfect treats and it's sublime! Now add a beautiful pallet of colors, the highest quality of sweets from all over the world, and staff dressed like they stepped out of the 1910's/Disneyland and you've got a candy shop that even an adult can truly appreciate! Lolli and Pops.
They are a chain with over 20 shops around the US, and typically I reserve my extra props for mom and pop stores, but for me walking into Lolli and Pops is a stress-reducing euphoria. I can't NOT acknowledge a feeling like that! It's like time slows down as I browse through the counters of colorful packaging and large displays of chocolates and gummies. I just want to soak up the loveliness of it all! Troy and I have decided that we want our kitchen to be a mini-Lolli and Pops, we will take out all of our dishes and just have rows of scrumptious treats.
The first time we visited a very friendly staff member offered us the Full Tour. She was amazing! She showed us around telling us about the company and how the goods are sourced from top candy factories all around the world (I'm imagining Willy Wonka in all languages). Allegedly, their reputation is so high that there are some manufacturers that don't sell to anyone else in the States! Best of all she allowed for taste-testing. No small morsels, either, she gave us full-sized pieces of candy to try (I got 2 of each because *baby*). Smart move, lady - I bought everything I tasted. I say all this not only to demonstrate how delicious everything is, but also that their customer service is spot on, which I always feel is important. Usually you can tell if a company is treating it's staff well based on how genuinely happy they seem, and this woman seemed proud to show us around!
For me this store really taps into that perfect balance of design and utility (if you count splurging on chocolate as a necessary function of life, which I do). That's a big focus in my life right now, and probably why I'm especially drawn to Lolli and Pops at this moment (also the stereotypical pregnancy + chocolate equation, I'm sure). Since we are making room in our house for another person we are trying to cut back on clutter but still have our space represent us. I love pretty things and have been known to buy things purely for the "ooooh! shiny! sparkly!" factor, but now I have to really weigh if an item fits into our space in a useful way too. Even though I can't actually make my home a candy shop, just browsing in Lolli and Pops fills that desire to have a functioning space that is also super pleasing to look at. It in inspires my brain and my belly, and for that I take my hat off to you Lolli and Pops!
What sort of places bring you inspiration, Perfect Stranger?