Downtown Aiken is filled with lots of historic buildings, restaurants, and shops. On Laurens Street, you’ll find Aiken’s first old-fashioned candy store.
Cyndi’s Sweet Shoppe is owned by Dick and Cindy Rudisill, who called Syracuse, New York home before moving to Aiken.
“We fell in love with Aiken the first time we came to visit and we knew it was going to be home, eventually,” Dick says.
After playing golf for a few years, Dick got bored and wanted something else to keep him busy. So, a dream that he had for years came to life.
“Dick’s dream…” Cindy says. “I collected antique advertising for many years and our basement looked like a country store and people would come over and say, ‘this reminds me of being a kid in a candy store’, and the seed was planted,” Cindy says.
Dick and Cindy found a 100-year-old location on Laurens Street that had an authentic retail look of its own from a long time ago. This was the perfect place to fill with sweet treats unique to Aiken. Once inside the store, you’ll find candy from years gone by, like the old-fashioned penny candy to gourmet candy and chocolates. The store also has tons of memorabilia from yesteryear and is like taking a step back in time. Customers come from miles around to this unique candy store.
“We have a lot of people from Australia, but really people from all over the country have come around,” Cindy says.
The couple truly enjoy seeing grandparents and parents bring in their young ones and get excited when they find candy from their childhood and share a memory.
“There’s a clear memory of your favorite candy as a kid. Everyone can remember their candy as a kid and no place else can do that,” Dick says.
Cyndi’s Sweet Shoppe, in downtown Aiken, is a step back in time for young and old.