The latest trend in West Village boutique retail caters to shoppers’ sweet teeth. During the last seven months, at least three high-end candy shops have opening on Bleecker Street near Seventh Avenue, and word is that more are on the way.
New shops include Cynthia Rowley’s Curious Candy as well as Sugar and Plumm. Also looking for space in the area are Leonidas, La Maison du Chocolat, and Neuhaus. Owner of London Candy Jigs Patel moved his store from the Upper East Side to Bleecker Street in mid-August after a rent increase. His shop specializes in English chocolates, and revenue in the new 1,000-square-foot location is expected to exceed $1 million in the first year.
Similarly, Sugar and Plumm has two other locations and has been booming since it opened a 1,100-square-foot space on Bleecker Street in April. It specializes in handmade French chocolates, cookies, and macaroons, and even delivers to patrons who wish to order treats until 8 p.m.