Rest Assured, Economy Candy is Still Open

Posted on: January 11th, 2021 at 5:00 am by

With a spate of legendary institutions shuttering during pandemic, word began circulating over the weekend that Economy Candy was the latest victim. Not so.

The candy shop, on the Lower East Side for more than eighty years, remains alive, slinging sweets from its doorstep at 108 Rivington Street. The above photo was taken on Saturday afternoon.

“Our hours [are] posted in our Mystery Bag Candy Window as well as on our front door, along with a message from us about how we’re currently operating,” co-owner Skye Greenfield Cohen says. “Both of which you can see through the gate even when it’s full down, for anyone passing by who isn’t sure what the deal is.”

See pandemic hours below.

Economy Candy entered life on the Lower East Side in 1937 around the corner on Essex Street. Its original function was a discount shoe shop, yet the candy stand was the biggest draw. Fashion purchases weren’t number one for those hit hardest by the economic downturn. So, founder Morris “Moishe” Cohen, who passed away six years ago at age 92, pivoted the business into a sweets shop. Its predecessor was Saperstein’s, a sweets and appetizing store that opened here in 1903.

Curbside Pickup (online orders only)

Monday 2pm – 5pm
Tuesday 1pm – 5pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday 1pm – 5pm
Saturday 1pm – 4:45pm
Sunday 1pm – 4:45pm

Curbside Shopping

Saturday 12pm – 5pm
Sunday 12pm – 5pm

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