Flashback to Back Door Candy Store and more

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By Historical Society

There is a long tradition of candy loving businesses in Forest Park.  

Back Door Candy Store, once known as Elsie's was located at 1000 Beloit (across from Ed's Way, now a village pocket park).  This photo, by Forest Park Review photographer Frank Pinc, captures David Lobes selecting his candy choices as owner Greg Walker waited patiently.

Rosalie's School Store was right next door to FP Middle School and Field. Catering to their target market, they sold candy and school supplies.  Louis and Raella Cichetti ran the store on Ferdinand for many years. 

Shannahans, which is home to La Maison de Bonbon, was once an exclusive homemade candy shop called Stejr's and later Jerome's.

Ferrara Pan, which purchased the Borden Factory in the late 1950's, is the candy King in Forest Park.  It's iconic Lemon Head, Atomic Fire Ball, Jawbreakers, Trolli Candies and more are a part of Forest Park Little League and many youth activities in town.  At Halloween, every Forest Park trick or treater is likely to have an assortment of locally made Ferrara Pan Candy fill their bags.  

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Bill Dwyer  

Posted: October 21st, 2018 2:27 PM

I've been on a full blown nostalgia tour the last three days, FoPa and OP. had lots of cool, memorable places for a kid to wander. .

Steven Backman  

Posted: October 21st, 2018 11:26 AM

In the 1960s we had Edith's Cardshop on the 800 block of south Oak Park Ave. Edith had everything and IIRC under a nickel. My 25 cent allowance went pretty far there.

Chuck Taddeo  

Posted: October 21st, 2018 7:59 AM

That picture inside Rosalie's brings back some good memories. A dime could get you 5 red fish and a pretzel rod. We used to play fast pitch against the school across from the store. I remember being terrified after accidently breaking Rosalie's window. The Dalton family used to live next door. There was also a candy store across from St. B's on Elgin but the name escapes me.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: October 20th, 2018 8:35 PM

Way different time to grow up, wasn't it, Jan? Had it's flaws, for sure, but it was also sorta magic.

Jan Stephens  

Posted: October 20th, 2018 2:50 PM

Yes, Bill Dwyer, I recall Faye's too. Also Ella's at the end of Elmwood I think, on the Ike and Molly's near Ascension. So much candy...

Kathie Wojtkiewicz Regennitter  

Posted: October 19th, 2018 5:53 PM

The drugstore was Barone's...it was the after school hangout in my FPJH years (Class of '61)...Green Rivers, Cherry Cokes, hot fudge sundaes...Tom Anzalone was so kind to us...

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: October 19th, 2018 1:48 PM

In the 60s in South Oak Park we had Faye's on Highland Ave. and McCann's over on Harrison and Cuyler. Great memories.

Courtney Sandow from forest park  

Posted: October 19th, 2018 12:29 PM

I have heard so many people ssay that on the corner of Harrsion & Beloit(now REM) there used to be a drugstore.Anybody have picturesor a story about it?

Kathie Wojtkiewicz Regennitter  

Posted: October 19th, 2018 12:03 PM

Northside kids went to Phil's Liquors on Randolph Street or in really earlier years, Helen's on DesPlaines

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