Stockyards Heritage Store Spotlight: The Candy Barrel

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The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District is a special place this time of year. With family friendly events like Christmas in the Stockyards, trips along the Trinity River in a vintage train and Christmas shopping in Stockyards Station, it’s the perfect place to be this holiday season.

One of our favorite shops in the Stockyards is The Candy Barrel on East Exchange Ave. – located in Stockyards Station for more than 20 years. When you walk into The Candy Barrel, it’s like traveling back in time. With candies from all over the world, The Candy Barrel offers a truly special experience, giving people a little “taste of yesterday” when they discover their favorite childhood candies. You’ll find taffy, chocolate gold coins, candy necklaces, whirly pops, jaw breakers and pixie sticks – just to name a few!

The store has locations around the U.S., so we asked Al Shameklis of The Candy Barrel why he chose to open a store in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

“We chose to open a store here because of the history in Fort Worth and Stockyards Station,” said Shameklis. “The Stockyards are an amazingly authentic Texas experience where customers and guests can truly feel the history around them. Few places in the U.S. today have remained so authentic.”


Unlike other candy stores, Shameklis says that The Candy Barrel is unique  because of the historic Texas feel that permeates the store and its surroundings. “There’s a ‘Texas twist’ on everything – from the size of the store, to the twice-daily longhorn cattle drive that goes past us, to the local rodeo every Friday and Saturday night – you know you can’t go to the rodeo without some candy,” said Shameklis.

With customers from all over the world, The Candy Barrel predicts they will sell more than three tons of treats this holiday season. That’s a lot of candy! If you’re looking for a gift anyone will enjoy or a great stocking stuffer this Christmas, Shameklis recommends their authentic salt water taffy or any of their “nostalgic candies” for a trip down memory lane.

With stores like The Candy Barrel, it’s easy to see just how important the Fort Worth Stockyards are to visitors and business owners alike. That’s why we’re committed to preserving the special character and feel of this historic area. We are especially proud to be a part of this initiative and want the Stockyards to remain a place everyone can enjoy for years to come.

CB5You can visit The Candy Barrel at 140 East Exchange Ave. in Fort Worth from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, or 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.