It’s Candy!

Nothing tastes better, no matter your age

What is it about candy that brings back nostalgic memories? Certain types, some called old-fashioned candy, really do bring back, in vivid detail, a certain moment in time. Usually a time where positive, happy feelings reverberated. Each generation will experience this; memories of childhood bliss renewed when one indulges in a piece of candy. From peppermints to caramel chews, there is a simplicity in the taste and flavor everyone enjoys time and again, throughout a lifetime.

Shelby, Reece and Angee Adams opened VonCanon General Store in Old Town Warrenton in October of 2017. Prior to that they owned and operated an antique business in Vint Hill. Since their Warrenton store has opened it has provided heartfelt memories, recollections of a simpler time (for adults), smiles as labels from favorite childhood treats are discovered, and sheer delight for the children who visit.

When customers enter the store, they are welcomed with an old-time charm. Wooden barrels filled with candy for guests to peruse. Antique ice-coolers house beverages for sale, and woven baskets are available for visitors to carry selected treats and merchandise as they traverse the store. Shelby said,” I have a passion for candy. I don’t know what it is; it’s just love.” The store reflects this passion.

Vintage-style apparel adorn the employees (a nod to their other love – antiques), reminiscent from days long past. Music fills the air, and features by-gone era sounds.. Although the store offers a nostalgic feel, guests will also enjoy the favorable prices. A visit inside, will not cost much for those on a budget, but of course, one may always indulge. There are penny-wise and more extravagant options to select from, and the variety appeals to customers of all ages. THe location is ideal for youngsters who have the freedom (on breaks from school) to ride their bikes or walk to the store, socialize with friends, and use some spare change for a yummy treat.

VonCanon was Shelby’s idea. Her first business in Vint Hill and was all about antiques, but she wanted to pursue the candy aspect for children.The owners take pride in the fact they are family and dog friendly establishment. “We want them [customers] to feel part of our family,” explained Shelby. “A regular customer (3 years old) comes in and has a chair and will sit and color there each week.” Shelby explained yet another family visits all the time to indulge in Dippin’ Dots.

Reece, Shelby’s 17 year old brother has already graduated high school and is very involved in the business. “Reece has so many ideas and visions for the store; it is hard to keep up with him,” said Shelby. “We really pick each other’s brains,” said Reece. “Our aunt is a PhD in nutrition and influenced us to offer sugar-free options in the store.”

VonCanon is truly a family business. Shelby and Reece’s mother, Angee is very involved as well. “We want a place for kids to come here in town,” Angee said. “We always take family suggestions for what we carry in the store, but most is what we’ve eaten, what our grandparents ate, or carried in their own store.” Shelby’s great grandparents owned a general store and a few other businesses. So entrepreneurship is in the Adam’s family blood. The family will seek wisdom from various relatives and generations to improve their own processes. That’s what makes this store unique and truly a family endeavour.

“We really want to support local businesses here. We want them to let us know about their events so we can share the information,” Angee said. VonCanon hosts several events for the community and visitors to enjoy and would like to establish relationships with other locally owned businesses to participate in joint events. VonCanon’s Facebook page provides a complete listing of scheduled events and is updated regularly.

Other merchandise is also available for purchase. Shelby and Reece feature Virginia teas, and Black Rifle Coffee, which is a veteran owned company that supports law enforcement and military, and provides outreach to those that need help.

But wait, there is still more to consider when visiting the store. Candles from Shing Sol, spices from Spicer Mill, signs, and paintings on canvas, which Angee and Shelby created, are all available for purchase. “The teas, candles, and spices we offer are all from the area,” said Angee. “Local artisans who are interested in selling items at our store should contact us, as we would like to support them.”

Other offerings include essential oils and accessories to use with the oils, and inspirational “feel good” items by Sugarboo & Company. “We are looking to expand our local vendors and are working on a Fauquier/Warrenton line of products such as t-shirts, postcards, magnets and more,” shared Angee. Now the store provides postcards, dishtowels and an assortment of other options.

Many children have walked past the window display and yelled: “It’s Candy!” Passerbys have a hard time not smiling when they hear and see a child’s response, or maybe the passersby smiles because they hear the word candy. Either way, there is a small amount of joy in the “little things” in life. The next time you are on Main Street, stop in and see VonCanon and let your inner child out; enjoy some reminiscing as you visit with the “old friends”, labels and tastes of your past favorites. There is no doubt the environment at VonCanon General Store will capture the hearts of locals and out-of-towners alike and help us all to remember the simple pleasures in life..

VonCanon is a family-owned and operated store located at 92 Main Street, #102. To learn more, visit their Facebook page or call them at 540-222-6196.

VonCanon General Store

Winter hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Spring hours (after Easter) Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Note: VonCanon will be open on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

April 22, 2018 Tea Event

VonCanon will be providing a special tea along with Earth Glaze and Fire on an April 22, 2018. This event will be held at Earth Glaze and Fire from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.. Participants will paint a teapot or a teacup with or for your mother. Tea samples and light snacks will be supplied by VonCanon General Store and the teas may be purchased at this event to enjoy at home.

Debbie Eisele
About Debbie Eisele 63 Articles
Debbie Eisele is a freelance writer and the Community Outreach Coordinator for Hero’s Bridge, a nonprofit serving older veterans. She lives in Warrenton with her husband and twin daughters.

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