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Owner Wade Butler (center) watches as customers sample fudge on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 at Specialty Sweets' new location at 31 Main Street in Bangor. Owner Wade Butler (center) watches as customers sample fudge on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 at Specialty Sweets' new location at 31 Main Street in Bangor. (edge photo by Kevin Bennett)

Specialty Sweets opens downtown Bangor outlet

BANGOR Downtown Bangor has recently gotten a little sweeter.

Specialty Sweets a city institution that has been around since the 1980s with a location on Springer Drive since 2014 has opened a new retail store at 31 Main Street. They're bringing their large (and largely homemade) selection of sweet treats to the downtown area.

'We really wanted to be part of the downtown community,' said Eliza Butler, who co-owns Specialty Sweets with her husband Wade. 'There's just a different vibe downtown. And there's definitely room for a candy store. It's the kind of thing you expect to see.'

The Butlers had been looking for a spot in the downtown area for about a year before settling on the place that would house their new store.

'We looked for a while, trying to find the right place,' Butler said. 'And then this spot came available in February; when we saw it, we said That's the place.''

Specialty Sweets makes much of their own candy. The fudge is all made by Wade Butler, while a lot of the other chocolate products (of which there are many) are also made in-house. Aside from the vast variety of fudge, Specialty Sweets also offers things like truffles and assorted old-fashioned candies; they do their own popcorn, dip strawberries on the weekdays and in a particularly welcome development during this exceedingly hot summer they have ice cream.

'Ice cream was something that downtown definitely needed,' said Butler. 'And [the demand] has far exceeded our expectations.'

Butler also spoke about the feelings feelings that have been shared by many of the new businesses opening in and around downtown Bangor of welcome and support that she has gotten from her fellow downtown business owners.

'Everyone has been super supportive,' Butler said. 'It has been just amazing, people stopping by to say hello, bringing little gifts just such a sweet welcome. People seem really excited to have a candy store nearby.'

So if you've got a sweet tooth or know someone who does it would be worth your while to pay a visit to Specialty Sweets. While they have tentative plans for a more formal grand opening sometime in September, they are up and running.

How sweet it is.

(The new Specialty Sweets location is open on Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. They are closed on Sunday. You can also visit their flagship store at 36 Springer Drive or visit their website at

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