Still on a sugar high from the holidays? Or, maybe looking for some where to spend some that dinero you got as gifts?
Maybe, you just want to get out and away from the relatives for a while, or just out of the house after the recent cold spell.
Instead of heading to the mall, visit Hollywood Candy in Omaha’s Old Market.
As you enter the store on Jackson Street, you are welcomed by life-sized figures of the Blues Brothers. Jake and Elwood (Dan Akroyd and John Belushi in the movie “The Blues Brothers) are available for pictures.
I overheard a family comment that they may not have seen Santa Claus during their visit to the Old Market, but they get a family picture with the Blues Brothers. In the dad’s opinion, they couldn’t have done much better.
The store has a large collection of sweets. Shelves and containers full of taffy, jellies, and lollipops. You can get Bing bars, Charleston Chew, Bit O Honey and even Clark bars. Enough sweets to put anyone into a sugar coma.
They had sports Pez dispensers – Nebraska Cornhuskers topped the collection. There were Pez dispensers for LSU Tigers, Florida State, Penn State and Iowa. Baseball Pez dispensers for the Chicago White Sox were along the other sports teams.
Moving on from the Pez dispensers, if you are looking for a nostalgic metal lunch box, I know where you can buy one. They had a full shelf of them. The Super Heroes are available to protect you at lunch time. ET can help you soar away from a bad lunch. The Pink Panther AND Son would like to join you for lunch. You can even pick up a plaid lunch box.
With the New Year upon us, and people making resolutions, someone could pick up an aerobics album for help with exercising.
Speakers from the old Golden Spike drive-in are for sale. They sit in the trunk of an old pink car, driven by Marilyn Monroe (or a mannequin resembling her). I saw my first “Planet of the Apes” movie there. My sister Edna and her husband took me to see it.
Want to invite friends for your own movie screening? You can rent the theater inside the store for a couple of hours. Bring in a DVD and maybe up to about 50 people, and you have your own movie theater.
In the meantime, the store runs old movies and trailers.
During our visit, I noticed the Terminator standing by the door. Turned out it was a mannequin. Whew! Good thing, cuz I have no idea where Sarah Connor is hiding these days.
As we left the store, I realized Hollywood Candy operators go above and beyond in presenting an experience, not just another store. Look up on the patio, and you’ll likely see geese flying in an upside down V formation.
For more information on Hollywood Candy, please visit www.hollywoodcandy.com.