Shop the block: Build up your Halloween reserves at Montrose Candy Co.

 
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Who, really, can resist the old-fashioned candy shop, with gleaming rows of clear plastic bins and shovel-sized scoops standing ready to deliver sugary goodness?
If that sounds romantic, you’re due for a visit to the Montrose Candy Co., which specializes in your childhood favorites, from the nostalgic to the hard-to-find. The store also stocks imported candies, including some that arrive from as far away as Britain, Italy, Belgium, France, Japan and the Middle East.
While holidays like Halloween and Easter are a boon for business, the shop is always a popular stop-off for patrons headed to catch a flick, and also for bakers and confectioners looking to candy-coat their creations.
Owner Linda Eaton says the candy boutique is also known for its salt-water taffy selection — more than 40 flavors — from Utah’s Taffy Town, and for its frozen treats, like Balboa-style ice cream bars and frozen bananas.
“Our goal was to bring a favorite vacation treat to the foothills and ensure it was authentic,” Eaton says.
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This weekend, I’m going to be screaming my head off during Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios.

But if I was three inches tall, I would go inside this haunted house instead.

Michael J. Kouri is a Pasadena “psychic medium” with a kitschy side interest in doll houses and miniatures.

If you’re not part of this niche interest group, you might not be aware that the most obscure items ever are available in a size only a doll — or a small rodent — could enjoy. Glass lollipop jar. Oil and vinegar cruets. Small LIFE Magazine with Michael Jackson on the cover. Or add this itty-bitty feather duster to your French-maid costume. (Note: I don’t even have these items in full-size for my real home.)

And continuing on a love of all scaled-down things – let’s get miniature, miniature … I wanna get miniature — we recommend Kouri’s exhibit of intricately detailed haunted doll houses on display this month at The Village Book Shop in Glendora. (626) 335-5720

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(Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)