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Uncle Willy's Candy Shoppe open for business

By Lianne McCluskey | Jul 08, 2015
Photo by: Lianne McCluskey Karen Sutton helps customers at the checkout at Uncle Willy's Candy Shoppe on Bay View Street. The store opened July 4.

Camden — Unannounced on the Fourth of July, Matt and Karen Sutton opened Uncle Willy's Candy Shoppe on Bay View Street for the first time, a weekend which they said brought a flow of customers in looking for their favorite candies.

Karen opened the first Uncle Willy's Candy Shoppe in Houlton in 2008. She and her husband had vacationed in Camden for years, and when the building at 57 Bay View Street went up for sale, they said it was the perfect spot to open up another store.

Matt said they have been working 16- to 17-hour days preparing the store to open. They are still completing the kitchen where they will make their own chocolates and candies, which will add another couple hours of labor to their day.

"It's nice because we are together," said Karen Sutton.

Standing before the checkout counter, a glass full of various chocolates are lit up. On the upstairs level of the store are multiple barrels filled with various flavors of Maine salt water taffy. A wall of Jelly Belly beans, flavors from strawberry smoothie to root beer float face toward the full-length windows displaying the bustle of Bay View Street. There are many chocolates from Maine, as well as candies from around the world, with licorice imported from the Netherlands.

"You don't know how hard it is to decide up there," said a boy as he approached the counter to make his purchase.

After her first husband passed away, Karen wanted to find a way to raise her children and still be able to work. She bought the first Uncle Willy's in downtown Houlton, a brick front building with an apartment upstairs for her to live in with her children.

She said her favorite part of having a candy shop over the years has been seeing the local kids grow up. "People will also come up for a vacation, so you see the same people each year," said Karen.

Matt said he loves that anyone can come into a candy store.

"It' doesn't matter — anyone that comes in, it doesn't matter the age, they all are looking for something," he said.

From kids to older folks, there is something for everyone in their candy shoppe. "When older people come in, you see the kid they used to be," said Matt. "It's a good feeling. Especially when they find something they haven't seen in a while."

Karen said it is great when people start singing and dancing, with classic candy related tunes playing throughout the store.

One thing they said really affirmed the decision to start their business in Camden is the fact that Camden did not already have a candy store. The store will be open year-round.

"We are excited to be a part of this community," said Karen. "Everyone has been very friendly and welcoming."

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Comments (7)
Posted by: Janis J Gilley | Jul 09, 2015 09:43

Her and her husband.....

Who is proofreading?


Posted by: Debra L Whittier | Jul 09, 2015 08:51

LOL Helen Plourd!!!  I wasn't in your English class, but I did pick up on that mistake.

Posted by: Paul Smith | Jul 09, 2015 08:21

So glad I'm not the only one..."Her and her husband had vacationed in Camden for years."  Dear Village Soup, a quick check to see if you are correct is to say "Her had vacationed in Camden for years" and you will realize this is WRONG. 

Now, WHERE on Bayview?  I realize the business zone isn't long, but could you tell us where?


Posted by: Helen Plourd | Jul 09, 2015 07:49


Wow! Using an object pronoun when it should have been a subject pronoun.

Hope you were not in my English class!!

Posted by: Pat Putnam | Jul 09, 2015 05:41

“Her and her husband"?

Nice grammar village soup...good grief!

Posted by: William Spear | Jul 08, 2015 19:35

Wish it had been there when I was a kid. Grinnell's up on Limerock was one of my favorite stops for penny candy. And I practically lived in The Corner Shop in Rockport where I grew up.

Posted by: Edward & Elyse Socker Jr. | Jul 08, 2015 18:04

What a wonderful shop & a great addition to Camden! Talk about being the kid in the candy  store. Love those "Buttered Popcorn Jelly Bellies"!

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