‘The Sweet Life’ Candy Store is Closing After More than 35 Years on Hester Street

Posted on: June 12th, 2018 at 5:03 am by

The Sweet Life, the only legit candy store south of Delancey Street, is no more.

A rusty “store for rent” sign has long dangled from the exterior of 63 Hester Street (along Ludlow), and now the narrative is finally coming true. More than three decades after opening its doors on the Lower East Side, the small corner candy (and chocolate) shop is throwing in the towel.

Current owner Gloria Farewell announced the closure over the weekend. Apparently, two years’ worth of water bills equating to $4,000 finally caught up. That’s in addition to building leaks and rodent infestation, the remedies for which she is responsible.

The Sweet Life was founded in 1982 by area local Jerry McCarthy. In his own words, McCarthy took the Hester Street space two years earlier with “a firm handshake.” He ran the business with his wife, Terry McIlvaine, until 2003. Farewell is the third owner in the succession, having purchased the assets in 2014.

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