If you’re a kid, the only thing better than walking into a toy store is walking into a candy store, and Toy Joy is getting ready to serve you up with both.
The longtime toy store, which moved from its campus-area home to a space on Second Street several years ago, announced this week that it is opening a candy shop next door called Yummi Joy, 409 W. Second St. in the space that formerly housed Cafe Ruckus.
Later this month, you’ll find a rainbow of nostalgic candies, bulk sweets, gummies, lollipops, chocolates, as well as ice cream from Sweet Ritual, whose co-founder Amelia Raley first worked at Toy Joy when it was up on Guadalupe and 29th Street. They will have classic sodas, coffee and hot chocolate.
The ice cream will be for sale via a walk-up window on West Second Street, and the window will be open later than the candy shop to accommodate late night restaurant patrons and concert-goers leaving ACL, according to a release.
“Candy has been a very popular item at Toy Joy and our creative staff has loads of fun ideas for tasty new treats to bring to our customers, including artisan fudge products,” co-founder and CEO Fred Schmidt, who also owns Wild About Music.
Toy Joy manager and partner Robby Pettinato added: “Three years ago this toy business found itself in foreclosure under prior ownership but is now doing better than ever as longtime regulars have found us again and, at the same time, we are now discoverable by all the throngs of tourists, conventioneers and residents in this new downtown location.”