Cutest candy store ever!!

This past weekend, while up in Sonora, CA, I went with William to the cutest candy store called The Candy Vault!! It reminded me of the candy store in Willy Wonka. It was filled to the brim with sugar goodness. I loved the way they displayed their candy and the neat little niches they created to make it a whimsical place. Here’s some fun pics!

The Candy Vault Lollipops
Fun lollipops welcomed you inside the store!

The Candy Vault in Sonora
Here’s the outside. They had great branding that was throughout the entire store. Love that! By the way, I found an overview photo here, if you want to see what the store looks like as a whole. I forgot to take one!

Beans & Bokeh
Rows and rows of jelly beans, M&M’s and more.

Another candy view.

Candy Wall
Here’s the display from back. So colorful.

Tiddly Winks
There were lots of vintage games on the walls for d├ęcor. I particularly connected with this tiddly winks box (I had a tiddly winks game as a kid, not as cool as this one though).

Candy Galore
There were big bins filled to the brim with various candies!

Candy Mail Boxes
I loved how creatively the candy was displayed in these vintage mail boxes!

Door to Willy Wonka room
One of the cutest rooms was a Willy Wonka room that used to be a bank vault.

William in Willy Wonka room
Here’s William inside the Willy Wonka room. It had a GREAT mural on the wall. They played Willy Wonka non-stop (this has to be fun for customers, but annoying to employees). They also had pictures of the Willy Wonka characters all grown up!

I give this place 2 swell thumbs up!
I give this place two BIG thumbs up.

If you are ever in the Sonora, CA area do stop by. They also have ice cream, vintage sodas, homemade chocolates (and did I mention chocolate covered potato chips)?

Until next time Swellions!


My weekend in photos

Yesterday, I went up to visit William in Modesto and then we went to Sonora, California. I am not incredibly familiar with my California locations, but Sonora is what is considered the “Foothills”. It’s around where a lot of the settlers came during the Gold Rush. Certain parts of it looked really Kentucky like, but just certain parts. It’s a lot more hilly than I’m used to seeing in the Central Valley, that’s for sure.

Anyway, a few things that I did while I was there…went to a potluck, played with Sofie, William’s 18-month old niece, went to old town Columbia (it’s an old West-looking town) to watch his sister do poi dancing, visited an apple orchard and distillery (I learned how hard apple cider was made), and planted pomegranates. It was a busy day!

Anyway, here’s a few pics. It is absolutely beautiful there. Very picturesque.

William planting his pomegranates. I helped with shoveling and planting. I even got my hands dirty!

Going one with nature
This one made me laugh…I didn’t realize till WIlliam pointed it out, but Frankie is totally peeing here!

On the mossy rock
Me on a mossy rock. Can you believe this is in his sister’s backyard??
Here’s William pondering the great outdoors.

Here’s William’s sister Heather doing her poi dancing in downtown Columbia . I think they look a LOT alike.

And her cute little girl Sofie. I think she liked me! It was my first time meeting her.

Anyway, just wanted to share. Hope you have a GREAT week!

Until next time Swellions!