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Memories of the Ideal Candy Shop

Memories of the Ideal Candy Shop



Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum  ( Ideal Candy Store is in the background)

Tom Edwards–I am pretty sure it was Sandy Walker’s mom and dad that ran the Ideal Candy Smoke Shop

Dale Lowe My mother (Irene Lowe) worked at the Ideal Candy & Smoke Shop (owned by Sandy and Velma Robinson of Almonte). Still have memories of the aroma of Laura Secord chocolate and Amphora tobacco…all in one teeny tiny store!!

Dale Lowe I’m told that it was also once the location of Ned Root’s shoe repair. Ned passed away just last year at the age of 96. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Ned’s son (Bob) who lives here in Peterborough too.

Donna Mcfarlane I dropped an ash tray from the ideal candy and smoke shop into the museum a couple years ago.. Remember it well.. also when Ned Root had the shoe repair there.

Allan Stanzel The candy store was on the corner of my grandparents lot Walter and Etheleen Stanzel at 100 bridge. Was always fun to go there as a kid

Donna Lowe Ward They made the most delicious sponge toffee candy!

Ted Hurdis Yes and how about the peanut clusters? Interesting side note. Uncle Sandy Robinson once owned the Superior restaurant in Almonte. That is where my aunt Thelma met him.

Julia Waugh Guthrie I loved that store! Butterscotch wafers, mmmmm I can still remember them.
Bill Russell Used to grab a bag of fresh roasted peanuts from the Rexall Drug Store where Valley Granite and Tile used to be located. Used to love the dark chocolate peanut clusters at The Ideal Candy Smokeshop that was located by the Career Academy. They had a sign out front cautioning people that the premises were AIR CONDITIONED.
Author’s Note-The Coleman family was the third family to settle in Morphy’s Falls and James set up a shoe making business and built a two storey home beside in the 1830s. He taught his sons William, James, and Andrew the trade. Andrew was a shoemaker all is life and lived in the original family home on Bridge Street. Fred West and later Ned Root had a shoe repair shop where you could get lifts for your shoes for 15 cents or half soles for a $1.00. Later on this location was a candy shop called the Ideal Candy Store run by Sandy Robertson and his wife Thelma.--Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 6-The Eating Place to the Post Office

Coffee Talk– Coolidge’s Penny Candy and Rochester Street– For Tom Edwards

Coffee Talk– Coolidge’s Penny Candy and Rochester Street– For Tom Edwards


What’s left of the foundation of Rochester Street and Santiago Street-Carleton Place–Photo-Linda Seccaspina


Tom Edwards emailed me and asked  the following:

Good morning Linda
I was out and about yesterday and I noticed at the corner of Santiago Street and Rochester Street, there is still a foundation there, small,but it is still there. I believe that may be the remains of the penny candy store that used to be in that location. I remember there used to be one there, and it reminded me that there was another one at the corner of Queen Street and Munro Street. I was just curious if any of your readers remembers these stores?

So I took it to the Tales of Carleton Place and as everyone knows– the best history is from the community– so Tom, feast your eyes on this and thank you to everyone who contributed.



Sandra Rattray Santiago and Rochester Streets corner store was Coolidges. I went there about once a week, as a young child, to buy penny candy.

Penny Trafford– I remember both these stores.

Dale Costello--I lived at 40 Rochester St and visited this little store often. That is if I wasn’t playing street hockey.

Valerie Edwards –I remember Coolidge’s too.



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  20 Oct 1952, Mon,  Page 21

Ann Stearns Rawson– That is where you could buy the rolled ice cream (vanilla, chocolate or strawberry). Went there often from our house at the end of King St. Also bought penny candy…some were 5 for 1 cent!

Shane Wm Edwards– I do remember occasionally going to Mr. Coolidge’s in the early 60s as he seemed to have if not more penny candy than my father’s store at least a different variety.  Also I want to say that the small store on Munro at Queen was run by a Mrs. Bairds(?) in the late 60s but I am not entirely sure.

Ray Paquette– Mr Coolidge lived in the brick house that is still on that corner. I suspect that I’m older than Shane which would explain our different memories of who ran the store. I remember being able to buy a coke for 5 cents in that store, 7 cents (2 cents for the “bottle”) is you wanted to drink it somewhere else other than the retail outlet.

Donna Mcfarlane– Ray Paquette I also remember the 7 cent soft drinks with the refund of 2 cents per bottle. that was the price when Shackletons opened the store at Blacks corners. I remember going to Coolidge/s store one time also.




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  27 Dec 1944, Wed,  Page 12

Ray Paquette –The convenience store at the corner of Santiago and Rochester was run by a Mr. Wilson, father of Roy “Shad” Wilson who was initially involved in selling used cars on the other corner of Santiago and Moore Street. Roy later went into real estate, initially in Carleton Place (I saw his office in one of the pictures concerning GWB McDonald Optometrist/Ernie Foote Photography) and later moved to Smiths Falls where his business in real estate continues under his name although I believe it is his son’s business now. The Wilson’s lived on the end of Grant Street in a brick house just before the boundary of the Mississippi Manor. I believe Mr. Wilson had brothers living on Peter Street.

The convenience store at the corner of Queen and Munro Streets was run by Ray Hynes and his wife. I remember it was open during the building of the hospital because me and some of the kids I hung around with would do “runs” for the construction workers during the hot summer to buy cold drinks and chocolate bars for them. In appreciation, they often tipped us a nickel and let us keep the empty pop bottles. Big money for us at the time!

Marilyn White –The Hynes like Mr. Hughes on Lake Ave W. let people charge for their groceries. Went to them often.

Carole Flint– His daughter Vera married Bower McFadden. Bill bought 2 of his rental properties from Bower and Vera.



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  07 Aug 1942, Fri,  Page 1



Dale Costello– Anyone remember McLelands florists up the street from Rochester St toward Moore St. Olive McClelland and my mom were best buds. I believe Arthur McClelland was the man in charge along with Olive.

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston He had that great huge fish tank with gold fish in it – at least it looked huge when I was a kid!

Dale Costello– I loved just browsing inside, the smell was almost as good as Woodcocks bakery.

Janice Tennant Campbell– He had a banana tree too!



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  19 Jun 1965, Sat,  Page 39


Valerie Edwards –Yes, in the bungalow. For me it was always a special occasion to go there.

Jim Amy Kirkpatrick-– Janice Tennant Campbell we used to go in just to see the bananas. The smell was wonderful.

Ray Paquette– Dale, do you remember when Ted Townend held a boxing competition in the back shed of your home. The championship bout pitted the late Grant McNeely against my brother Tedd who won. Ted Townend then painted “Champ” on the back of my brother’s shirt which caused my mom to go ballistic! We sure could keep ourselves amused in those days!

Dale Costello— Ray Paquette, Don’t remember the boxing matches, but it sounds like I didn’t get very far, not with Tedd and Grant as opponents. I do recall it didn’ take very much to rile your mother and she could be heard as far away as Lake Park lodge. Just loved her to death.

Lynne Johnson– I remember the one on Munro. It was around the corner from our house on Prince Street. Many decisions were made regarding the best combination of candy for 25 cents! I remember a woman with a young daughter named Bonnie perhaps? I think they lived in the attached house. The store was really just a refurbished porch. If I am not mistaken, they eventually lived across the street?

Ray Paquette– It was a refurbished porch. The house across the street was owned by the Johnsons of cedar post fame on highway 15.


Shane Wm Edwards –The small neighbourhood stores were the original convenience stores. As I recall in the mid 60s to the late 70s they usually did not carry a wide variety of goods but had the basics and children could be sent out for milk or bread or soup without having to go all the way down town to the IGA or Dominion Store or even my father’s store on Franktown Road.

But by the 70s the smaller stores were giving way to the chain convenience stores which undercut the prices of these small independent stores. Also larger fridges and home freezers meant most families could shop once a week at one of the supermarket style stores.


*Carleton Wholesale was where the seniors building is at Coleman and Lansdowne._
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 18 Apr 1959, Sat, Page 52


When Carleton Wholesale was bought out by Hudson’s Bay they were less willing to service the smaller stores with delivery and the owners had get their inventory on a cash and carry basis which was not feasible for a small store when the owner was the sole staff member. So with the competition and these challenges most of these small independent stores had disappeared by the end of the 70s.








Early Hudson Bay Company’s– Some of our Lanark families went north– northern Ontario. This is an early photo from Tom Edwards family.. He has no idea what part of his family went north.. Mobrert .It is in Northern Ontario near Marathon– This is the Hudson Bay store.


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*Carleton Wholesale

Keith Giffin— Carleton Wholesale was first located on Franklin St. Between Bridge St. and Beckwith St. On the right hand side,behind the brick house on the corner,the cement block building. Then they built a new place and relocated on Arthur St.

Shane Wm Edwards-– I worked there two summers, first in the warehouse and then the second summer in the office. That was probably 1972 and 1973 and it was bought by the Hudson Bay Company by 1973. I remember in 1972 the wholesale served a broad range of stores throughout Eastern Ontario and drivers had hundreds of stories of the small towns and the store owners. In 1973 we had to sent our entire inventory of watches to the new Bay store at Bayshore as their supplier was unable to get them watches for the opening of the store.

Ray Paquette The original Carleton Wholesale store was on Judson Street just off Bridge.

Marilyn White It was started and owned by George Clifford and Jan and Paul’s dad. I’m having a senior moment and can’t remember his name.

Shane Wm Edwards Dawson?

Ray Paquette Yes, Shane, I think that’s the name. Jack Bracewell was also involved in the early days of the business.

Marilyn White Shane Wm Edwards it was Mr. Dawson McDowell.

Jeremy Stinson My mother would refer to that building as the Frobisher’s Bay building. I remember being there for some event when I was a child, and it was an unpainted building and there was a clown on roller skates and an empty concrete floor.

Shane Wm Edwards Probably she said Hudson’s Bay building. It was known as Hudson’s Bay Wholesale from about 1973 until they moved a few years later into Ottawa on Colonnade Road off Merivale.
Keith Giffin They also had a access to the pool hall basement

Keith Giffin This was used for storage.

Ann Stearns Rawson We lived near the one on Queen & Munro (King St.). At one time it was owned by Wentworth Marshall (Marsh) and his wife Audrey.

Debbie Roy My aunt and uncle, Ray and Isobel Hynes owned the store on Munro and Queen Streets from the late 1950’s to when they sold it to Wentworth.

Dale Costello Also, many a late night card game was played in this facility. Too young to be invited.

Linda Seccaspina oh don’t whisper that too loud mentioned it once and some were not happy..history is history

Dale Costello I have all the names in my memory bank. What am I offered for silence? LOL

Linda Seccaspina I will use you for backup if I need you LOL


Buddyzee Fisher– Does anyone know who owns this spot now?? Would love to run my metal detector around this site.



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  26 May 1948, Wed,  Page 1




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  24 Jun 1942, Wed,  Page 20



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  07 May 1956, Mon,  Page 6




Pour Some Sugar on Me! The Demise of the Penny Candy

Candy Stores Shoes and Plungers– Ray Paquette

The Candy Man — George Dummert

Winter —Rochester Street Looking North– Before and After

My—- How House Values Have Changed in Carleton Place —- 10 Rochester Street

The Witches of Rochester Street

Sometimes You Need to Just Walk Your Potatoe



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I have been writing about downtown Carleton Place Bridge Street for months and this is something I really want to do. Come join me in the Domino’s Parking lot- corner Lake Ave and Bridge, Carleton Place at 11 am Saturday September 16 (rain date September 17) for a free walkabout of Bridge Street. It’s history is way more than just stores. This walkabout is FREE BUT I will be carrying a pouch for donations to the Carleton Place Hospital as they have been so good to me. I don’t know if I will ever do another walking tour so come join me on something that has been on my bucket list since I began writing about Bridge Street. It’s always a good time–trust me.

Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors?


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Candy Stores Shoes and Plungers– Ray Paquette

Candy Stores Shoes and Plungers– Ray Paquette


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Photo from Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Comments about the story: Eades Hardware of Carleton Place-Allen Wrenches Toilet Seats and Electric Heaters

Remember when Bridge Street had parking on both sides of the street and driving down the street was a challenge? I am particularly pleased to see the mention of *Gerald Haskins with respect to Eades’: he was the “go to” guy for many years for those of us who were trying to replace an item that we didn’t know the name of but could describe it’s appearance and function. Many a “DIY” project was salvaged with the help of Mr. Haskins!–Ray Paquette



Photo–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum 

Comments about the story:–
Bristol Stomp Shoes by Charles Jay

Dale Costello mentioned the Mulvey’s, a small candy store beside Central School where Ike Smith’s Barbershop is currently. What I remember is the patience of Job shown by Mrs. Mulvey as we pondered what to buy with the nickel we had, not a small sum in my youth. Everything seemed to be “2 for a penny”, or “three for a penny” so the decisions made at Mulvey’s was often our first lesson in personal financial management. The right decision could fill the little paper bag that our purchases were stowed in!–Ray Paquette


Linda Gallipeau-Johnston– Linda, I remember a candy store right next to Central school – got lots of good stuff there (where Ike Smith has his barber shop) – the lady that ran it was May Malve at least that’s what my memory is telling me! I thought it was just a candy store – anyone else remember this or something else?  Phew – thank heaven – didn’t want to think I had been dreaming this for so many year not to mention the candy I ate. The store was red tarpaper brick back then with the big Central School fence separating the properties.






Gerald A. HASKINS–One of Eades Hardware Longest Employees in Carleton Place.

HASKINS, Gerald A. Employee of Eades Home Hardware for over 50 years. Peacefully at Stoneridge Manor in his 89th year. Beloved husband of the late Ruth (Giles). Loving father of Diane (Bill Rutan), and the late Judy (John Warren). Dear Grandpa of Kim (Perry Hutt), Kevin (Doreen) Warren, Todd (Tracie) Rutan, and Ian. Great-grandpa to Jenni-Lynn and Mckenzie. Dear brother of Gladys Watt, and a special friend of Phyllis. Friends may call at the Carleton Place Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 61 Lake Ave. West, Carleton Place on Friday December 19th from 12 noon until time of service in the Chapel at 2 p.m. Interment to follow at Prestonvale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to Stoneridge Manor Auxiliary, 256 High Street, Carleton Place K7C 1X1.





Other Carleton Place Candy Stores

Carleton Place Cleaners -From Sweet to Sour


Olympic Candy Store



Featured Artifact – January 2015-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Matchbook Cover

This matchbook was a give away from the Olympia Restaurant in Carleton Place. Located at 101 Bridge Street, the restaurant, with its booths, curved counter and red leather stools, was a local institution. First opened by Louis and James Laskaris as the Olympic Candy Store in 1920, it was later sold to Jim Antonakos in 1958.
A fire destroyed the building in 1960, but it was rebuilt and opened again in 1961.  I

n 1960, the New York Cafe was destroyed in a fire as was the Olympia Restaurant, in the next building, where in the 1920’s Louis Laskaris had the Olympia Candy Store. In 1958, James Laskaris sold the family business to Jim Antonakos. Howard Little’s Barbershop located in the building was also destroyed in the fire
The Olympia closed it’s doors for good in 2000 and is still greatly missed. Heritage Carleton Place

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Related reading:


Eades Hardware of Carleton Place-Allen Wrenches Toilet Seats and Electric Heaters

Bristol Stomp Shoes by Charles Jay

The Candy Man — George Dummert


Pour Some Sugar on Me! The Demise of the Penny Candy


A few months ago one of my favourite clerks had attended an “adult” themed seminar along with 19 other people at one of the trendy local adult book stores. An armed gunman rushed in and robbed all 20 “students” of anything valuable they had at the beginning of the seminar  Still visibly upset, I figured he needed to chat and as I listened he reached under the counter and added three more bags of candy to the counter.

As he continued to tell his story he kept munching on what I used to call penny candy. I began to remember how candy helped my sad childhood days and how my grandmother warned me that candy could spread polio. In those days everything created polio but candy was supposed to be the number one culprit. But now that you can no longer buy anything for a penny because Canada has phased out the penny, and all we have left is memories.

My favourite penny candy was a pair of big red wax lips. Every summer day I would sit on the edge of the public pool kicking my legs in the water with the wax lips that were slowly melting in the hot sun.
If they were not available I would buy the little wax bottles and bite off the top and drink the liquid that was probably heavy on Red 40 food colouring. The bottles were made of edible wax but all everyone did was chew on them forever and then spit them out after the juice was consumed.

Our favourite hang out away from my grandmother’s eyes was Dion’s lumber yard next door to my home. I would go to Mayheu’s corner store and with 10 pennies come out with a paper bag full of potato chips, marshmallow filled mini ice cream cones, wax lips, and Popeye candy cigarettes.

“Smoking” on our candy cigarettes, my friends and I would sit on the top of the piles of lumber and have earth shattering conversations about why I cut my bangs so short like Bette Davis. We soon skipped to speaking about the prospects of picking wild strawberries in the field and hoped the ill- tempered farmer was not going to come out and shoot at us with rock salt.

Candy today seems to have been taken over by power drinks and bars that have just as much sugar and caffeine in them as our penny candy did. A serving of Gatorade contains the same amount of sugar as twelve pieces of candy corn. No longer can a child go into a corner store and find the delights we had as kids. Today, besides the dollar store candy, the candy companies have designer lines to entice baby boomers into buying candy again- and not for a penny.

Jelly Belly’s founder David Price has teamed up with Leaf Brands to make the ultimate gold leaf coated “Beyond Jelly Beans.” Described as an exotic trip around the world and sold in crystal jars they can be yours for $500. Complex flavours such as Thai Lemongrass Curry or an Indian Mango are supposed to create an explosion of taste that hits all your senses. I think I would rather have a pair of wax lips without an edible ego.
After listening to the constant drone of the salesclerk still talking he held up his penny box of Junior Mints and asked me,

“ Mint?”

And in a typical Seinfeld scenario I looked at him and said,
“Thank you, those can be quite refreshing!”

Penny for your thoughts?

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