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October 2, 2017

Siblings have a sweet plan for their shop in Old Town

Photo/Cassandra Brown
Jackson Adams and his sister Shelby will manage the shop at 92 Main St.
It’s not anything we currently have in the retail, entertainment mix in Old Town. It sounds like a good hangout spot.
— Warrenton Economic Development Manger Tom Wisemiller
VonCanon General Store
• What: Shop carrying more than 500 types of candy, vintage sodas, snacks, spices and gifts.

• Where: 92 Main St., Warrenton.

• Owner: Angee Adams.

• Managers: Sister and brother, Shelby and Jackson Adams.

• Employees: 10 family members and friends.

• Space: 1,600 square feet.

• Opening: Tuesday, Oct. 3.

• Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Two young entrepreneurs hope to make their Warrenton shop a destination for candy lovers just in time for Halloween.

Siblings Shelby Adams, 22, and Jackson Adams, 16, will manage VonCanon General Store, opening Tuesday, Oct. 3, on Warrenton’s Main Street.

Their mom, Angee Adams, officially owns the business at 92 Main St., in which the family has invested about $60,000.

An extensive collection of classic candy signs, wooden shelves, barrels and a manual cash register will give the store an old-fashioned feel.

The shop will carry more than 500 types of candy, vintage sodas such as NEHI, snacks, spices and gifts.

“We encourage people to ask us for different types of candy. If there’s some kind of candy that triggers a memory, we want to carry it for people,” Ms. Adams said. “A lot of the candy, you can’t find at Walmart.”

The Adams family started the business a year ago at Vint Hill. They decided about a month ago to move into town for more foot traffic.

“We like the appeal of Main Street,” Ms. Adams said. “It’s a lot busier than Vint Hill.”

To start, Ms. Adams will lease the 1,600-square-foot space a one year. The Empty Nest previously occupied the shop for five years until it closed in July.

Shelby came up with the idea to open the general store after graduating from Fauquier High School early and working as an electrician in the family construction business, among several other jobs.

“I’m passionate about candy,” Shelby said. “I wanted somewhere kids could come and hang out, because you don’t have many shops nowadays that are geared towards kids. I wanted somewhere families could come and have a good time.”

Classic candy — including giant jawbreakers, Razzles, Charleston Chews, Big League Chew and others — will range in price from 25 cents to $1.25. The store also will sell bulk candy.

“I think it will be a great addition to Main Street,” Warrenton’s Economic Development Manger Tom Wisemiller said. “I think it’s great for families. It has that nostalgic feel to it. It’s not anything we currently have in the retail, entertainment mix in Old Town. It sounds like a good hangout spot.”

Jackson, who graduated early from high school, also will manage the store with help from about six to 10 family members and friends acting as employees.

Shelby chose to rekindle her family’s history of operating general stores and decided to use her mother’s maiden name, VonCanon.

In the early 1800s, the VonCanons helped settle Banner Elk, N.C., by opening a general store, gristmill and evergreen business.

Shelby hopes the shop — like an old-fashioned general store — will turn into a destination for senior citizens and families to discuss town events.

She also hopes to start a children’s trivia night. This Christmas shopping season, the store will partner with Experience Old Town Warrenton for GumDrop Square and provide story time with Mrs. Claus.

“I want to be one of those places that people from out of town, every time they come back into town, they stop here,” Shelby said.
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