“Dreams really do come true” might be part of a familiar tune, but for JOSUE CHANDUVI, his most recent venture did start with a dream. In fact, it was quite a SWEET dream. Josue’s grandmother, LUCIA, was his role model when she was alive and continues to be his inspiration from beyond. Josue not only learned to sew from Lucia, he was also her “partner in crime”. When he was young, his grandmother would wake him very early in the morning to sneak a small sweet, a coffee, and talk of life. Her spirit lives on through the work of her grandson.
Having opened up GRANDMA’S SEWING at 28 Oak Street last year at this time, Josue and his mother, JUOLA DARMAS, have served over 1300 clients; mending, hemming, altering, and renewing clothing, outdoor wear, and wedding and prom dresses. They are professionally equipped with the latest sewing machines and sergers to alter and finish garments to perfection. Josue told us that with this economy, many people are replacing zippers, mending clothes and taking care of what they have, rather than replacing favorite items. We are certain that this frugal and mindful approach to living would meet with Lucia’s approval!
Josue smiled broadly as he recently chatted with us about one “GRANDMA” success leading to the opening of GRANDMA’S CANDY a few doors down at 20 Oak Street. The results of the sewing shop have given him the confidence to try something new. It all started in a dream with his Grandmother Lucia telling him to “Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!”, reminiscent of her whispers in the early morning hours of his youth. His interpretation was to bring those sweets, lovingly shared, to the people of Plattsburgh.
Walking into GRANDMA’S CANDY is a bit of a step back in time; reminiscent of penny candy stores from years gone by. Frank Sinatra croons and canisters of candy glisten. The coffee is rich and inviting and at least for a moment, life is simple and sweet. The candy is oh, so fresh and can be purchased in small or large quantities by weight. We suggest a sampler, to find out what your favorite might be.
Anyone who has met Josue, knows of his infectious optimism and hard work. And for anyone who has lamented that “young people today have no work ethic”… stop by GRANDMA’S CANDY and have your faith restored! His future plans are highly focused on being involved in and giving back to the community through promoting downtown small business, literacy and remembering those less fortunate during the holiday season.
We believe that GRANDMA’S CANDY is one sweet addition to the downtown SCENE in PLATTSBURGH. We plan on making a stop by before our next visit to THE STRAND and we hope you will do the same!
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