Thursday, September 27, 2012

Opening next week: Eye Candy Store & Vintage Market

The Bitterman's vintage market and candy store opens this week.

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Toni Hicks will manage Eye Candy & Vintage Market when it opens next week. In the mean time, shes painting the logo.
  • Toni Hicks will manage Eye Candy & Vintage Market when it opens next week. In the meantime, she's painting the logo.

It's been over a decade since the Bitterman family had a retail candy outlet in Kansas City. Next Thursday, October 4, the Bittermans will open the doors to Eye Candy Store & Vintage Market, a combination candy shop and vintage market — at least 25 local vendors selling a variety of antiques and collectibles — at 3107 Gillham Road.

Today, the store's manager, Toni Hicks, was completing her current project: painting the store's logo on the front of the cafe au lait-colored building. The structure, said Marilyn Bitterman, was once three buildings, back in the 1930s when this stretch of Gillham was a vital commercial neighborhood. "The front part was, we think, an automobile dealership."

The picture windows on the west-facing wall were closed up with concrete blocks years ago, but the main room is still surprisingly sunny. The antique fixtures from the original Bitterman's store are already in place and are slowly being filled with cellophane bags of candy.

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"You have to come back next week when all of the vendors have set up shop," Leslie Bitterman says. She has already snagged some familiar vintage professionals, including one of the founders of the popular Urban Mining market, held one weekend a month in the basement of the old Warwick Theatre on Main Street.

The candy store and eclectic antique market will officially open next Thursday; the hours will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, go to www.bittermancandy.com.

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