WYCKOFF, N.J. – Wyckoff’s newest candy shop has a rich history, and there are photos on the wall to prove it.
Scott and Cris Meyer held the soft opening for Meyer’s House of Sweets just last week. And one of the first things the couple did to prepare was hang black and white photos near the entrance.
The photos are of Meyer’s Luncheonette, a spot that Scott’s grandparents opened in Jersey City in 1904. It sold homemade candy, just like the Meyers' new location in the Wyckoff Shopping Center on Wyckoff Avenue.
The art of candy-making was passed down through the generations and has remained a family affair for the Meyers.
Scott’s brothers own popular shops down the shore – Van Holten’s Sweet Shop on the Seaside Heights boardwalk, Van Holten’s Chocolates in Brick and Van Holten's Homemade Chocolates in Lanoka Harbor.
Scott and Cris, who recently moved to Mahwah, operated a candy and ice cream shop in Florida before opting to open their new business.
Scott said they made the move to Bergen County because they wanted to concentrate on the candy side of their operation and opt out of selling ice cream.
In New Jersey, “You can focus on being a candy shop and succeed,” he said.
The shop currently has tasty treats like chocolates, fudge, jelly beans and candy canes. But “this is a drop in the hat,” Scott said while walking around his store.
The couple plans to have their business fully up and running by mid-January, in time for Valentine’s Day. Leading up to that, they want people to stop by and tell them what kind of candy they like best.
“They can come in and tell me what they are looking for,” Scott said.
Once fully up and running, they plan to carry treats like chocolate dipped pretzels, chips, strawberries and blueberries, and even chocolate bacon.
And it will all be fresh.
“We are going to make everything here on site,” Scott said.