LINESVILLE, Pa. - If you’ve got a sweet tooth or are looking for a place to purchase candy for Easter this year, you may want to check out Stefanelli’s Candies, which just opened their fifth location in Linesville, Pa. (From March 10 edition of The News).
According to Kathy Stainbrook, her and her husband Joe have been owners at the four Erie, Pa. locations for about two years now but over the last year began growing out of their locations.
At that point she said her and her husband started looking for a place to expand and eventually decided upon Linesville, which she said has a lot of regular traffic flow, as well as is close to where she grew up.
Since opening about a month ago Stainbrook said they have been blessed with a lot of business at their small store and have already increased deliveries to two or three times a week in order to restock candy.
“Everybody here has been so kind and supportive,” said Stainbrook. “It’s doing very well. Linesville people have been great for us and [everyone’s] very welcoming here. We’re really glad we made the move [and] we can’t complain at all.”
The original Stefanelli’s Candies Stainbrook said was established by Art Stefanelli in 1929 in Erie, Pa. at a manufacturing facility on West 8th Street but over the years to have increased to locations on Sterrettania Road, Buffalo Road and Peach Street in Erie, Pa.
Now that they are in Linesville as well, the Stainbrooks will continue to offer the public homemade candy through Art Stefanelli’s original recipes, as well as by growing the business.
So far these recipes include chocolates, with their most popular right now in Linesville being their large cases of cupcake-size peanut butter cups.
“They just buy them like crazy,” said Stainbrook. “We can’t even keep them in stock.”
Other popular candies that have been selling quickly at their new store she said include their chocolate covered strawberries and grapes, as well as their dark chocolate sea salt and caramel candies, coconut clusters and sponge candy.
Besides the popular varieties, Stefanelli’s Candies also carry a huge variety of other types of chocolates, which she said are great for fundraisers and are available in about 10,000 different types of candy molds as special orders.
They are also getting ready to begin stocking up on Easter candy, which Stainbrook said includes bunnies, handmade filled eggs and other varieties of chocolates that she said have to be kept at a temperature of 64 degrees.
If you can’t find what you are looking for Stefanelli’s Candies also allows you to special order items with no extra service charge, as well as offer monthly specials.
Since becoming an owner of Stefanelli’s Candies, Stainbrook said she has really gained respect for the hard work that’s required to make and package handmade candies.
“I think that it’s still old fashion; handmade, hand packed and hand cut,” said Stainbrook. “Art Stefanelli had a good product and recipes. We probably don’t make [candies] much different either. We still use a copper kettle over a fire. It’s really labor intensive but worth it.”
Stainbrook said although running a business isn’t it easy, it all becomes worthwhile when it comes to the community.
“I really like the customers,” said Stainbrook. “I enjoy being out with the public and getting to know them. It’s nice to know there are a lot of people out there that are still friendly.”
For more information about Stefanelli’s Candies please visit their website www.stefanelliscandies.com, check out their Facebook page, or contact them directly at their Linesville location by calling (814) 818-0000.
You can also stop in at their newest location at 127 East Erie Street in Linesville, Pa. between 12 Noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Pictured: A view of the Linesville storefront of Stefanelli’s Candies, a historic business that was originally established in Erie, Pa.