Business of the Month: Ray's Candy Store
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On Avenue A just above 7th Street, a longstanding neighborhood delight shines among the dark windows and “for rent” signs; it is Ray’s Candy Store. The sweet haven at 113 Avenue A is a pillar of the ever-changing East Village.
The story of Ray’s Candy Store began forty-one years ago, when an Iranian immigrant named Asghar Ghahraman was looking for a restaurant to buy, and a friend told him about a candy store for sale. “Ray” grabbed the spot and built it into the fried-and-sweet destination it is today. At 82-and-a-half years old, Ray has been running the store for half his life.
Ray’s Candy Store provides the little things that make a neighborhood livable – a coffee on the way to work, an ice cream on the way to the park, fries late on a weekend night. It’s a meeting place, a friendly greeting, a reminder that NYC is not as cold and heartless as it sometimes feels. It’s a city built of people like Ray, making a living and making the ’hood livable on a daily basis.
Read more about Ray, his candy store, and what his loving customers have to say. Please share this post with friends to support local businesses.
With GVSHP's "Business of the Month" program, each month a local, independent business is featured on GVSHP's website, blog and social media, to showcase one of our neighborhoods' great and unique commercial treasures. The program underscores what makes each business so valued and distinctive. We hope it will increase support and patronage, aiding our local small businesses' health and viability. We're asking you, the public, to nominate your favorite businesses for consideration for our "Business of the Month." To nominate a business just fill in this brief form. See our past Businesses of the Month here.