During the 40s and 50s, Candyland was a downtown Statesville institution. Don’t let the name fool you, Candyland’s menu included much more than Mr. Theodore’s hand-made candies.


Mr. and Mrs. Theodore’s daughters, Crystal and Doris, earned PhDs and had distinguished careers.

For all you baby boomers who hung around Statesville in the 40s and early 50s, your favorite hangout, Candyland, has returned home. Thanks to the generosity of the James Theodore family, an exhibit of Candyland memorabilia is now on display in the front display window of the City Center building on South Center (the old Spainhour’s building). It includes Mr. Theodore’s candy-making copper pot, candy presses, scales, chairs, table, and banana split dishes. Also, thanks to Jane Getsinger for providing the display space while we search for permanent museum space. Check it out.


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