Shane Confectionery, a Philadelphia candy institution in Old City dating back to 1863, is slated to reopen this month thanks to The Franklin Fountain’s Eric and Ryan Berley.
According to the Inquirer, the Shane family sold their historic shop to the Berleys in early 2010 in order to renovate it; its condition at that point was fairly dilapidated, with broken antique machinery and a disheveled upstairs kitchen.
The Berley Brothers’ experience with their vintage ice cream parlor less than a block away makes them the perfect duo to tackle the revitalization of Shane’s, which the Inquirer reports has been thoroughly researched (think painstaking redesign of the company’s logo and careful sanding of salvaged pine floors).
Shane is among the handful of local candy makers still in operation; others include John & Kira’s, Marcie Blaine, Lore’s Chocolates and Chocolate By Mueller in Reading Terminal.
Sweets for sale will include many that the original shop sold, in addition to modern updates: chocolate dipped espresso creams, the famous butter creams whose recipe was hand-written by Barry Shane on the back of an envelope, and French specialties.
The shop’s voicemail says they aim to be reopened by the end of 2011. According to Plan Philly, Shane’s grand opening, with a ribbon cutting by the mayor, is set for 10:30 a.m. December 5.
Here’s to satisfying our holiday sweet tooth at one of the city’s most historical spots.
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