By Emily Buckley, editor in chief
WITH THE GRAND reopening of Center Street in Downtown Logan scheduled for the end of November, this holiday season is going to be the perfect time to experience some Christmas nostalgia as you stroll by the candy windows on display at Bluebird Candy Co. at 75 W. Center Street.
Similar to what is done in the Macy’s windows in Salt Lake City, Bluebird Candy Co. owner, Justin Hamilton began the tradition locally last year by inviting local artists to create the candy ornaments. “We wanted to add to what is already happening Downtown with what we do: candy,” Justin said. “We hope it is adding a little Christmas magic to our place on Center Street.”
The artists, Michael Bingham, Laura Johansen, and Teri Christensen, create ornaments weighing about 400 pounds each, Justin said. Each artist takes a unique take on the project, but all are staying within this year’s “storybook” theme.
The candy shop, which Justin took over about three years ago, has a rich heritage and has existed for over 100 years. “When I purchased Bluebird Candy from the previous owner [Dick Motta] it was important to him to preserve this Cache Valley icon,” Justin said. “I have the same desire.”
Justin has been thoughtful about preserving that heritage while freshening up the business. “We started on ground zero, with packaging first, going back to the original gold heat stamp on all of the candy boxes and adding a quarter pound option, which has been very popular.”
They also updated the factory, controlling humidity and temperature to ensure quality, and remodeled the store, creating a much larger dining and display area and a large window where customers can view the candy makers dipping candy. “We wanted to emphasize the true artisan part of our process.”
Bluebird Candy now also serves pastries and Aggie Ice Cream, featuring a special Bluebird flavor and will sell about 17,000 pounds of candy during the holiday season. “Local candy favorites include the Victoria, the Caramel Brazil, and of course caramels,” Justin said.
Some things haven’t changed, though. “We still do everything by hand. The recipes are original from the turn of the century and many of the systems have stayed,” Justin said.“Teresa Varner, the manager, has been here almost 30 years and her mom was here 42 years. The history is one cool part that makes this really special.”