Vikki’s Sweet Shoppe brings an old-fashioned candy store to downtown Dayton | Business

What delicious dessert from your childhood do you miss the most?

New business owner Vikki Griffin has all kinds of goodies at Vikki’s Sweet Shoppe, 217 E. Main St. in Dayton, where you’re bringing back the old candy store model just in time for summer.







Chocolate candy on sale at Vikki’s Sweet Shoppe in downtown Dayton, Friday, July 8, 2022.



Vikki’s Sweet Shoppe has everything you might find in an old candy store, including ice cream, “dirty soda” – similar to Italian soda or a soda-based mocktail – jars and jars of different candies, saltwater fudge and chocolate-dipped truffles. Tip of the iceberg.

On-site spun cotton candy and homemade waffle cones add to the old-fashioned candy store theme, and fresh baked goods are also available.







Vikki's Sweet Shoppe in Downtown Dayton

An assortment of soft drinks for sale at Vikki’s Sweet Shoppe in downtown Dayton, Friday, July 8, 2022.



Chiller Soda has over 100 different varieties including some obscure selections from bacon-flavored soda to Babe Ruth Cola. Jones brand soda, Sioux City brand soda, and Orange Crush soda are also available.

Vikki’s Sweet Shoppe opened June 30, with a good response from the community according to Griffin. The official grand opening is scheduled for July 15, with a ribbon-cutting party followed by a raffle, free donuts, and the introduction of new products and shows including dirty soda floats.

Griffin says it was her dream 30 years ago to open her own candy store. She and her husband moved to Dayton in September 2021 after they had spent the past 10 years owning and managing an RV park in the Tri-Cities.







Vikki's Sweet Shoppe in Downtown Dayton

Truffles for sale at Vikki’s Sweet Shoppe in downtown Dayton, Friday, July 8, 2022.



Griffin was semi-retired when she finally had the opportunity to pursue her dream and a storefront property became available for rent on Main Street.

“I’ve always wanted to do this,” she said. “I was just sitting at home doing nothing, and I was always someone who needed to keep busy.”







Vikki's Sweet Shoppe in Downtown Dayton

A shelf of Plush N Pops for sale at Vikki’s Sweet Shoppe in downtown Dayton, Friday, July 8, 2022.



Griffin said she always likes to visit candy stores when she travels and believes that a candy store “makes people happy.”

Vikki’s Sweet Shoppe is a family run business with Griffin’s 11-year-old daughter, Rylee Griffin, who operates the cash register.

“I love it,” Riley said. “The best part is getting the tips and running the cash register.”







Vikki's Sweet Shoppe in Downtown Dayton

McKenna McCowen 11, helps Flint Abel, 4, and Bridger Abel, 7, shopping at Vikki’s Sweet Shoppe in downtown Dayton, Friday, July 8, 2022.



It’s really nice to have a candy store in town, said McKenna McQueen, an 11-year-old Dayton resident.

“I’ve been here with my family before and plan to come here often,” McQueen said. “Ice cream is my favourite.”

Sweet Shoppe’s current location will be short-lived as Griffin and her husband next purchased the store and plan to move operations there in May 2023. The plan is for it to be decorated entirely in vintage style using primarily Coca Cola memorabilia.







Vikki's Sweet Shoppe in Downtown Dayton

Vikki Griffin waves to another customer while ringing some candy and ice cream at Vikki’s Sweet Shoppe in downtown Dayton, Friday, July 8, 2022.



“We are excited to be in Dayton, and hope our store helps others wanting to open on Main Street as well,” Griffin said.

Vikki’s Sweet Shoppe is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. It is closed on Wednesday.

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