Willy Wonka has come to Harbor East, only in this case, the name is Alexis “Lucky” Thompson, pictured. Today, she opened a colorful confectionery called The Best of Luck Candy and Gifts, a clever play on her nickname. This is her first business venture, she said.
The new proprietor—whose maiden name was Sinex and who attended St. Timothy’s School—moved back to Baltimore from New York City about a year ago to follow her dreams.
“I’ve always had a big sweet tooth for old-fashioned candy,” she said. “And I’ve always been entrepreneurial.”
The store is a goldmine for sweet tooths of all ages. There are buckets and jars of bulk candy (peppermint candies, Tootsie Rolls, rock candy swizzle sticks, mallow crème pumpkins) for $9.99/pound.
There are also shelves of retro candies, including Necco Wafers ($2) and Chunky bars ($1). Just entering the store is a trip down memory lane.
Lucky’s favorite candy is the Charleston Chew, flavored nougat coated in chocolate. “Put them in the freezer, and they’re even better,” she shares.
The store’s hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. They’ll probably be open on Sundays in the future. The shop is located where Amarllis jewelry store was before it moved around the corner to Aliceanna Street.
Harbor East already has a candy store, Glarus Chocolatier, which is almost right across the street on S. Exeter. Glarus, a traditional Swiss company, offers handmade truffles, chocolates, and other specialties.
It’s very different from The Best of Luck shop.
I think there’s room for both in the neighborhood.
Photo by me