As the owners prepare to say goodbye, some famous faces are stopping by in a bid to keep the Manhattan shop open.
“Jelly candy looks like an egg. I like the chico sticks,” one customer told CBS2’s Reena Roy.
Customer Frankie Singh almost moved to tears as he brought his daughter for the last time.
“I’ve been coming here since I was in kindergarten,” Singh said.
“I’ve been bringing my daughter since the same age kindergarten and now it’s gone. It’s a piece of my heart gone.”
The husband and wife duo opened up shop 45 years ago and prices have stayed almost exactly the same. The candy in their bins are all under a dollar, some of it sells for just two cents.
Back then, their rent was just $100 a month. Today, it’s $2,400.
“My parents used to come here and get candy for me. You can still get five-cent candy, penny candy. I never stopped coming,” Andre Delgado explained.
Unlike some other stores in the area unable to keep up with rent, Santiago says he’s just ready to retire. Telling CBS2 in Spanish this store has meant everything to him after he moved here from Puerto Rico.