Coastal Candies moves, plans café

Coastal Candies is now located in beautiful downtown Ocean Park.

OCEAN PARK — After temporarily closing up shop at their former Long Beach location in March, Dave and Cheryl Holtry have moved Coastal Candies & Gifts to a new location in Ocean Park and are now operating under a slightly different name, Coastal Candies and Café.                                                                                                                           

“We’re so happy,” Cheryl says. “We wanted to be on the main street in Long Beach, but that wasn’t possible, so we moved to the main street in Ocean Park!”

The Holtrys have built up quite a following when it comes to their handmade chocolates, which range from Milton York’s tried and true recipes to more unique goodies, such as habanero creams, pumpkin creams, chokecherry creams and ginger garlic creams. They also carry taffy, jawbreakers, jellybeans, gummy candies, chocolate coins, hard candies, sugar-free candy, and plan to have fudge available soon —?many of their sweets can be spotted at local holiday bazaars. They even offer gift-wrapping, shipping and delivery to shut-ins residing in the Peninsula area.

The business offers candy catering, where they supply birthday parties, wedding receptions and other gatherings with chocolate fountains, candy displays and fresh cotton candy on site.

Though they have carried various gift items in the past, Cheryl says they are transitioning to carrying more candy-related merchandise. But they still plan to take orders for custom engraving on glass, leather, plastic, wood and granite items.

When they open the café, they will offer a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner options, many of which will cost between $3 and $6. For those who have missed their hot dog business, The Dog House, the café will again be serving those hot dogs — and hamburgers — with 40 different options for toppings.

New to their dining repertoire will be the Beach Basket, which will essentially be a custom-made picnic to go.

In about five years, the Holtrys hope to expand by opening a chocolate and candy museum.

The shop is currently open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, but their hours will increase to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. once the café opens. They are closed on Easter, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.

In February, customers will be challenged to find the hidden groundhog to win a prize.

Located in a bright pink building at 1705 Bay Ave., Coastal Candies and Café can be reached by calling 665-2747. 

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