A candy shop that's been the delight of youngsters and the young at heart since 1931 has quietly closed its doors in West Portal.
Shaw's, which has been selling truffles, fudge, ice cream, and colorful confections at 122 West Portal Avenue for four generations, was the original and last location of what was once a booming local chain. As Hoodline reports, via the company's now defunct website, Douglas Shaw opened the shop 89 years ago under the name Karamel Corn, selling house-made chocolates and ice cream.
The Shaw's empire would later comprise 50 locations, with its manufacturing centered in Millbrae, but that business is now defunct. In its latter years, this original Shaw's sold handmade fudge, popcorn, caramel corn, cotton candy, Mitchell's ice cream, and displayed a bunch of vintage PEZ dispensers in the front window, which inspired generations to discover the wonders of PEZ.
The place has a "For Rent" sign on the door, as Hoodline reports, and workers have reportedly been cleaning the place out in recent days.
Any locals with childhood memories of Shaw's are welcome to share them in the comments below!