Wax Lips and Candy Cigarettes in Blue Ridge, Georgia

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 In the Mountains

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Remember the good old days when you could go to the local candy shop and buy candy cigarettes and wax lips? I am happy to report those good old days are alive and well at Huck's General Store in Blue Ridge, where wax lips and candy cigarettes (candy or bubblegum variety) fill brimming candy barrels, along with a riot of old favorites like Charleston Chews, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Mary Jane's and chocolate Necco wafers. A person can work up a powerful thirst eating all that good candy, so, luckily you can wet your whistle with an equally nostalgic array of soda that includes Cheerwine, Orange Crush, Dr. Enuf, birch beer, cream soda, and three different kinds of root beer.

For Huck's owner's Brett and Candace Massey, the dream of opening a general store started several years ago when they visited one in North Conway, New Hampshire, and were flooded with happy childhood memories while looking at the old-fashioned candies and toys sold in the store. Right then and there the couple vowed to someday open such a store to share those nostalgic feelings with others-young and old alike. Brett and Candace alternate days at the store, one in the store while the other is at home with the couple's two young boys, Luke and Eli. Warm, funny, and charming, the Massey's are the perfect general store proprietors and will instantly make you feel welcome.

lollyThe store opened in May in a new building on East Main Street in Blue Ridge. Although the building is new, Brett and Candace did a wonderful job of transforming the space into a rustic general store out of the 1950's. In addition to old-fashioned candy, the front of the store holds a wonderful selection of jams, jellies and preserves, popcorns, coffees, and coffee flavoring syrups. Having a party? Huck's has a stellar array of dips, crackers, summer sausage, dry rubs for grilling, bread and dessert mixes.

As you make your way through the store, enticing scents of homemade soaps, lotions and candles fill the air. Try the salt scrub of the day (today's was blueberry) on your hands, and instantly feel rejuvenated. Huck's postcards and nostalgic refrigerator magnets make perfect Blue Ridge souvenirs.

Looking for ways to keep the kids amused on a rainy afternoon at the cabin? At the back of Huck's, the shelves are full of the quality games and toys you remember fondly from your childhood---coonskin caps vie for attention next to pop guns, puzzles, bingo, Chinese checkers, origami, dress-up kits, even whoopee cushions! Huck's also carries an extensive collection of "Melissa & Doug" toys.  There is a fascinating book section filled with beautifully illustrated adventure books guaranteed to capture a child's imagination.

Huck's General Store offers a truly unique--and wonderful--shopping experience. Be sure to stop in when you visit beautiful downtown Blue Ridge. Out of town? Visit them on the web: www.HucksGeneralStore.com.

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Brett Massey, who along with wife, Candace, owns Huck's

 

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Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

These are exactly the kind of shops I remember from my childhood vacations to the New England coast. Places like Bar Harbor, Maine and Watch Hill, Rhode Island occupy a very fond place in my memory because of just such places! For the tourists and residents, these places will probably be central to some of their fondest memories! Thanks for the reviving pleasant memories for me!

Aug 15, 2008 06:29 AM #1
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Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
Century 21 In the Mountains - Ellijay, GA
Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!

Well, Rich, WHEN you get to Blue Ridge, you'll have to stop in at Huck's. Around every turn you'll find yourself saying "I remember this!!" or "I played this!"  It is so much fun. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Aug 15, 2008 08:29 AM #2
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Brett (owner of Huck's)

Dawn and Kim, thanks so much for all the nice things you've said! Rich, I am a fellow New Englander and my memories are very much the same.  This store is a labor of love  that my wife and I truly believe in, and we hope everyone will enjoy thier experience at Huck's. Thanks again!!

Aug 15, 2008 04:16 PM #3
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Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management - Lynchburg, VA
From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369

Kim, what memories, yes I do remember wax lips and candy cigarettes! I also remember getting in trouble for pretending to smoke my candy cigarette!LOL! (lighten up dad!) I'll remember to stop in the next time in your neck of the woods.

 

BRETT, you must have gone to ZEB'S! I love that store and on our vacation to North Conway last summer we spent a lot of time in that store. I've been going to the store for many years. Great memories!

Aug 16, 2008 04:01 PM #4
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Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
Century 21 In the Mountains - Ellijay, GA
Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!

Debbie: My friends and I used to put on wax lips and strike movie star poses while "puffing" on a candy cigarette. It never got old. 

 

Aug 17, 2008 02:56 AM #5
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Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
Century 21 In the Mountains - Ellijay, GA
Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!

Brett: Thank YOU for taking the time to share your dream...I look forward to a long and beloved lifespan for Huck's!

Aug 17, 2008 03:59 AM #6
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Matt Mastro

What a trip!  (Down 'memory lane', I suppose...)  Congratulations on the opening of this nostalgic spot, Brett & Candace!  It's been awhile, so I suppose I'll have to look y'all up next time I'm mosying down that way.  Please do the same if you guys are headed northwards- I have to meet your boys!! 

Best of luck- Matt Mastro (Brett's childhood friend from the "Land of the Lost".......)

Aug 18, 2008 07:00 AM #7
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Brett

Mastro, the land of the lost, I love it! The slee stacks(spelling?) thanks for the saying hey.  Forever childhood friends, here's to Norms laugh. Talk to you soon, Brett D.

Aug 19, 2008 08:17 AM #8
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Jane Page Thompson
Aiken Properties - Aiken, SC

I keep a pair of wax Lips in my top desk drawer, you never know when you might need them and they are cheaper then Botox!

Aug 19, 2008 09:51 AM #9
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Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
Century 21 In the Mountains - Ellijay, GA
Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!

Jane: LOL!!!  When I go to Huck's I head straight for the wax lips!  They're something a girl can never have too many of.

Thanks for stopping by!

Aug 19, 2008 12:27 PM #10
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