Denton's historic downtown square has long been a revolving door of independent shops and eateries. In the former Madison June baby boutique space (turns out drunk college kids don't have a need for a $40 onesie), former popcorn business-owner Tim Loyd has opened Atomic Candy.
This place is just damn cool. Hardwood floors and bright, color-blocked walls enclose the narrow yet endless space filled with stacks of the greatest candy inventory I've seen in years. Early 20th century swing music floats from the speakers above, slowing everything down inside your brain. The nostalgia inside isn't overdone, but clearly just the work of a man who longs for a simpler time.
Of course, Loyd stocks all the mega-brand basics like Jelly Belly beans, Nerds, Whoppers and about a bajillion others. But Atomic Candy also stocks novelty lunch boxes, retro toys (Wooly Willy!), gag gifts and timeless classics like the Charleston Chew, Big Hunk, all kinds of candy cigarettes, Clark bars and Idaho Spuds. Also, there's a whole counter of bacon-themed candies. Some photos:
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.