Sunday, June 3, 2012
Local artists and designers add to the flair of the Sarris Candies Store and Ice Cream Parlour.
According to the Rev. George Livanos, in his blessing during the grand reopening dedication on Friday at Canonsburg's most well-known business, “Sarris Candies is about putting smiles on children’s faces—young and old alike.” And that they did. A new-and-improved version of the beloved chocolate castle and icon of Sarris Candies was revealed yesterday and drew gasps from the audience of local officials, friends of the Sarris family and the media. Standing 12 feet high, 8 feet long, and 3 feet deep, the 2,600-pound chocolate and candy castle is something to rival Cinderella’s palace. It is hand-sculpted with a variety of textures and adorned with plenty of candy confections as well as white chocolate animals placed throughout the edible …
Saturday, June 2, 2012
The beloved Sarris Candies ice cream parlour in Canonsburg re-opened Friday after fire damaged it in February.
After a fire on Feb. 3 damaged a portion of the Sarris Candies factory on Adams Avenue, the beloved ice cream parlour remained closed. Until Friday morning. With a full blessing, ribbon cutting and dedications from many local, county and state officials, the iconic Sarris ice cream parlour is back in business and better than ever. It has the same old-fashioned feel, the same great flavors, and the same dedication and family values behind it that the Sarris family has come to be known for in the local and surrounding areas. “Many of you ran with boots on feet, buckets in hand to say, ‘What can we do?’ It wasn’t to save chocolate or to save castles, it was to stand by a family who has stood by you for so many decades,” said the Rev. George…
Friday, March 2, 2012
Sarris Candies, which has been closed since a Feb. 3 fire, reopened Thursday just in time for Easter.
Easter is a holiday steeped in tradition, and for so many local families, a trip to Sarris Candies for chocolately treats is part of theirs. That tradition can go on unfettered starting today—because the retail shop in Canonsburg is now officially reopened. The store had been closed since a Feb. 3 fire, but the shop was in full swing Thursday, as customers perused everything from chocolate-covered pretzels to chocolate Easter bunnies. Although the day was overcast, Spring looked like it had already arrived at the venerable shop, with pastel colors dominating the interior design. Customers were greeted with oversized stuffed bunnies and at least one fluffy yellow duck at the door—as well as Retail Operations Manager Norm Candelore. "Welcome…
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The owner of the Sarris Candies said he expects the store to be open within the month.
Oversized stuffed animals wearing festive Valentine's Day bows sat atop shelves of boxed chocolates at Sarris Candies. A counter nearby is lined with chocolate bars. Stacks of chocolate-covered pretzels are arranged in another corner of the Canonsburg retail hot spot. But owner Bill Sarris held his hand out and beckoned to the whole lot of it, saying, "All of this—it has to go." And that's what workers were doing Monday at the store: Cleaning chandeliers and cleaning up after a fire erupted in the parlour portion of the building on Friday—and throwing away pounds and pounds of chocolate and other merchandise. A sign is posted on the door alerting customers that the store in still closed by order of the state fire marshal, and the smell of …
Friday, February 3, 2012
The owner of the iconic confectionery hopes to reopen as soon as Monday after fire ripped through the Canonsburg business.
It didn’t take long for word to spread in Canonsburg that the iconic Sarris Candies was burning. Not long after Lee Mox and about a dozen other coworkers escaped the Friday morning fire, he and others began getting text messages and phone calls asking if they knew what was happening at the confectionery. “I’ve probably got 20 text messages making sure we’re OK,” Mox said while standing in the employee parking lot with dozens of other workers who were just arriving to start their day. The workers could only stand around and watch as several fire departments battled the blaze that appeared to begin inside the attic of the building’s ice cream parlor section. Workers hoped to return to work Monday to move any undamaged goods to other sections…
About a dozen employees escaped the Sarris Candies fire unharmed Friday morning.
About a dozen employees safely escaped a fire at Sarris Candies early Friday morning. Kevin Wittik, who works in the shipping department, said he arrived at the Canonsburg store around 6:30 a.m. when smoke first started showing. “I got in and got everyone out,” he said. “Smoke was just starting to be visible, but then it got pretty intense.” Wittik and fellow employees gathered in the parking lot as fire crews worked to contain the fire, which appeared to start in the ice cream parlor-side of the building, mostly in the roof and attic. With everyone out of the building safely, his concern turned to the upcoming Easter season. “We’re gonna have a lot of catching up to do,” Wittik said. But owner Bill Sarris, who was at the scene comforting …
Sunday, October 23, 2011
The Canonsburg chocolate maker has come out swinging in the first two rounds but needs your help to beat out this area favorite in the Pittsburgh Business Times' Brand Madness Contest.
Sarris Candies wants to know: Who do you love? In the third round of the Pittsburgh Business Times Brand Madness contest, the Canonsburg chocolate maker is up against another area favorite: The Terrible Towel. No need to write a sonnet—you can show your love right here by voting for the local favorite. And by the way, voting for the contest, which pits different local companies against one another to see which one best represents the Burgh, starts today. In the first round, Sarris Candies fans decimated the competition, taking down Brusters Ice Cream. Then Iron City Beer fell victim to the Canonsburg company in the second round. This story originally appeared on Canon-Mac Patch