You'll feel like a kid in a candy shop, no matter what your age, in this store packed with hard-to-find sweets that you haven't seen since childhood. Owner Robin Helfand searches out and buys up vintage candy and keeps a stock of jelly beans in just about every flavor imaginable
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Grab a sweet treat (or three) at one of several spots in and around the Berkshires. In Pittsfield, indulge in some creamy soft serve at Dairy Cone or homemade cake at Mary's Carrot Cake. Make your way to Lenox to check out the new Sweet Dreams cafe, which sells crowd-pleasing pastries like cinnamon buns and chocolate chip cookies, or the beloved Chocolate Springs Cafe for specially crafted confections like truffles, chocolate-covered pretzels, and marshmallows. Candy lovers of all ages will also appreciate the nostalgia-inducing Robin's Candy, a shop stocked with a curated collection of sweets to suit every palate. Other nearby favorites include Mielke Confections and the Parisian-inspired Pixie Boulangerie.
robinscandy.jpg Robin's Candy in Great Barrington (Courtesy Robin's Candy) "Barefoot Contessa," the hit Food Network show starring celebrity chef Ina Garten, will shine a spotlight on the Berkshires in an episode premiering this Sunday. The episode, titled "A Barefoot Holiday," will feature Robin's Candy in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, store owner Robin Helfand told MassLive.
In less time than it would take to read Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome, you could be having your own charmed experience in the Berkshires. While the masses flock to the Catskills, an upstate region that's become a satellite community for Brooklyn weekend expats, you could head east of the Hudson River to the Southern Berkshires destination: Great Barrington.
Main Street in Great Barrington looks like a scene out of a Norman Rockwell painting-which is fitting, given its proximity to major cultural hubs like Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. But whether or not you love Yo-Yo Ma (a Berkshires resident), it's near impossible not to feel revived by Great Barrington's fresh air, buzzy farm-to-table restaurants, and genuinely all-around friendly vibe.
For years New York has been known as a city where black-market marijuana can be delivered faster than pizza. But for the past five months, thousands of New Yorkers have been making the two-and-a-half-hour drive to Great Barrington, Mass., to stand on a line typically 70-people long outside the...
In the outdoor Dell at The Mount, you will settle in for an 11 a.m. performance of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (July 11-August 19), brought to you by actors from nearby Shakespeare & Company. What fools these mortals be, especially when sitting in such a glorious setting.
Best Paella VIVA, Glendale Sharing is at the heart of Spanish dining, and nothing invites communal eating more than a steaming pan of paella. The full-flavored paellas for two or more ($27 and up) at this rural hotspot are as bold and bright as the chili-red and saffron decor.
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You may think of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts as a vacation spot for highbrow intellectuals. It is. Just about every night of the week during summer, Tanglewood has offered outdoor performances by the Boston Symphony, the Boston POPS, and various jazz musicians and chamber players since the 1930s.
Great Barrington - Candy purveyor Robin Helfand knows a thing or two about surviving an economic downturn. As she tells it, it's in her blood. Both of her grandfathers owned businesses during the Great Depression. Her paternal grandfather built beauty parlors because he knew women wouldn't give up on their hair if they could help it.
When it comes to candy, more is definitely better. Though you might not think you're a fan of licorice, you just haven't tried the dizzying number of flavors at this little Massachusetts candy bar. With everything from fruity licorice to Egyptian licorice root you can use as a toothbrush, Robin's Candy in Great Barrington has something for everyone.
There's a fine line between whimsy and wacky, and Robin Helfand is the tightrope walker behind Robin's Candy Store, which opened on Main Street in Great Barrington on June 21. She's taken the old White Knight Records space and renovated it so that it feels like a sweet shoppe with a pedigree.
Today we'd like to introduce you to Robin Helfand. Robin grew up hearing tales of the old-fashioned soda fountain and candy shop founded in the 1930's by her grandparents in NYC. As a child in the 1960's, she spent many an afternoon with her nanna and poppa tasting treats and meeting shop owners stocking barrels [...]
PITTSFIELD — Robin Helfand wants the customers who shop at her candy store in Great Barrington to remember it well. For example, each customer at Robin's Candy Shop receives a personalized toothbrush with every purchase.
"That’s our signature," Helfand said. "Everyone knows that we're the candy store with a conscience. We actually have that trademarked." [...]