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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published April 6th 2016
A sweet treat from a regal retailer
Let us play a little guessing game. You're a successful administrator in a stressful job. You're thinking about a change of lifestyle. You have no history in retail, hospitality or sole trading. What do you do?

Candy Queens, Chocolates, Coffee, Gifts, Imported Sweets
Candy Queens in Guildford (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)


That's right, you decide to open a sweet shop with your elderly mother.

Talk about a plunge into the unknown! Well, really I've made it sound dramatic, but it was quite a change of direction for them.

Cindy and Helen (universally known as Oma 'Granny' in Dutch) are experienced business people with a real flair for dealing with people and a desire to deal with happy customers.

The shop, charmingly named Candy Queens (Cindy and Helen) is both a sweet shop and a cafe offering a range of drinks, light snacks such as toasted sandwiches and jaffles and a ice chest full of delicious ice cream.

The sweet shop section is devoted to those hard to find sweets of our childhood. When did you last have a milk bottle, Chicos, Redskin, slate stick or barley sugar?

Candy Queens, Chocolates, Coffee, Gifts, Imported Sweets
Candy Queens in Guildford (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)


A browse around the shop is a ramble through the happy days of your youth. The mere sight of a Peppermint Crisp and I'm ten again, happily walking barefoot on a dusty road reading the latest issue of The Beano in the hot sunshine.

And I am sure that each and every reader has a similar memory from childhood with your particular favourite sweet or lolly.

Candy Queens, Chocolates, Coffee, Gifts, Imported Sweets
Candy Queens in Guildford (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)


Cindy will also go looking for a favourite if she doesn't yet have it. I asked her for ginger Edinburgh Rock and about three days later she had it for me.

The chocolate range at the moment is limited because Cindy is not stocking chocolates that are readily available from supermarkets.

The chocolates she does carry are those heritage chocolates difficult to locate and buy now - Fry's Chocolate Cream, for example.

Candy Queens, Chocolates, Coffee, Gifts, Imported Sweets
Candy Queens in Guildford (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)


In addition to the sweets and cafe section there is a range of produce heavily weighted towards local suppliers. Cindy's husband Dave has a hobby of making lovely wooden toys - trains, dump trucks and rocking horses.

There is a stand of lavender-based soaps, oils, dried lavender, candles and similar all made locally as well as a range of gifts, mugs dolls and teddy bears and a wonderful Paddington Bear.

Candy Queens, Chocolates, Coffee, Gifts, Imported Sweets
Candy Queens in Guildford (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)


Do yourself a favour and drop in and try a nostalgic sweet trip back down Memory Lane. While you're there do have a cup of coffee and a snack.

Cindy is looking to expand the range of foods available for the cafe, including home-made pies made on the premises.

You have a choice. You can sit inside and stare longingly at the bags of sweets or you can sit outside under cover with your good and faithful friend on a leash (bowls of water provided).

Oh, and the coffee was amazing!

Very highly recommended.

Candy Queens, Chocolates, Coffee, Gifts, Imported Sweets
Candy Queens in Guildford (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)
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When: Seven days a week 9:30am to 4:30pm
Phone: 9379 8290
Where: 1/151 James Street, Guildford
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