A mother-daughter-owned old-fashioned candy shop is now open on Front Street.
Marsha Harris and her daughter Bekkie Elser co-own Poulsbo Candy Shoppe after choosing to close down their old candy business in Snoqualmie during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their families decided they wanted to move to Kitsap County, and Poulsbo was the first place they drove through.
“We were like this is it; this is where we’re going to move our shop. We started waiting and inquiring about the right spot to open up for us,” Harris said, adding they started building in January.
While Boehm’s Chocolates of Poulsbo is also located on Front Street, Harris said Poulsbo needed a shop devoted to all types of candy, along with fudge that is made in the store, which is their staple. They are starting with 16 kinds of fudge and will be adding more as they settle in. Flavors will change based on the seasons and holidays.
“It’s delicious,” Harris said. “We offer a wide variety of flavors, and we make it fresh here. Sometimes we’ll be making fudge while we’re open, and folks can see us putting the flavors together.”
The shop also offers a wide assortment of candies, including salt water taffy, jelly beans, lollipops, vintage candies, gummies, sour candy, licorice, Scandinavian items, PEZ, children’s novelties, caramel corn, peanut brittle, etc.
“It’s like a dream come true for us. Everybody has been so welcoming,” Harris said.