Economy Candy Returns with Labor Day Weekend Bonanza

Posted on: September 3rd, 2021 at 5:07 am by

It’s back!

After staying afloat during the pandemic, this weekend marks the grand reopening of Economy Candy. To celebrate, owners Skye and Michell Cohen planned special events throughout the Labor Day weekend for candy lovers. Each day will feature different free chocolate samples (FINE & RAW from Brooklyn, Gotham Chocolates, Goodio from Finland and Tony’s from the Netherlands).

They’ve partnered with a few neighborhood small businesses, too, offering sour pickles from The Pickle Guys, and free Economy Candy Explosion Toppings at Big Gay Ice Cream. They’re also dishing out discounts with neighborhood favorites like Arlene’s Grocery, Wolfnights, and Trapizzino with an Economy Candy receipt.

While on hiatus, the in-person shopping experience has undergone a bit of a facelift, allowing for a more open layout and more room to maneuver while browsing the treats at 108 Rivington Street.

The Cohens toiled during the pandemic to assuage folks in need of a sugar fix, by way of candy care packs during the holidays. They also recently started selling Economy Candy apparel.

Economy Candy entered life on the Lower East Side in 1937 around the corner on Essex Street. Its original function was a discount shoe shop, yet the candy stand was the biggest draw. Fashion purchases weren’t number one for those hit hardest by the economic downturn. So, founder Morris “Moishe” Cohen, who passed away six years ago at age 92, pivoted the business into a sweets shop. Its predecessor was Saperstein’s, a sweets and appetizing store that opened here in 1903.

Festivities kick off today and run through Monday, September 6.

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