Deb’s Candy Shoppe held a grand reopening on Saturday. Pictured inside the store are, from left, Jessica Cornelius, Cindy Black, Rob Hoffman (back), owner Debbie Tubbs, James Colwell (back) and China Colwell.

COUDERSPORT — Those with a sweet tooth know that Deb’s Candy Shoppe, located at 116 North Main Street, is the place to go. Owner Debbie Tubbs held a grand reopening event Saturday to celebrate the almost three years here and look forward to what is yet to come.

The store is full of bright colors and fun decorations to invite customers to find their inner child. That’s what it’s all about for Tubbs; she loves seeing her customers smile.

“I went through a lot in life and I wanted to see happy faces,” Tubbs said. She’s certainly got that out of the store.

“More than you can imagine. More than anybody can imagine. All the smiles, laughter and the memories,” she said.

“The older people like reminiscing on their past. They tell stories to their grandkids and kids and they do it right in here,” she said.

The store sells a lot of old-fashioned candy, which her older customers seem to enjoy. They can also make candy arrangements to fit in any budget and if the store doesn’t have something a customer is looking for, Tubbs is happy to order it.

Coudersport was the right spot for Tubbs to open the store and her prime Main Street location makes it accessible. There’s not another candy store like hers in all of Potter County.

She’s wanted to own a candy store ever since she was younger. A lot of kids might have that same dream, if only because they love candy. But that’s where Tubbs stands out — she’s not really a fan of candy. She’s truly in it because she wants to fill other people with happiness.

“I own a candy shop but I don’t really like candy. It’s crazy, I know. Neither do my kids,” she said, laughing. “I want to see everyone happy. Life is too short. Life is far too short with sadness.”

Tubbs has had a lot of help from Jessica Cornelius, Rob Hoffman, China, James and Michael Colwell, Donna Hadfield and her sister, Cindy Black, who she sends a lot of “thanks” and appreciation to. She also thanks her children, Kameron and Sierra, for all of their love and support.

Deb’s Candy Shoppe is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and can be reached at 814-203-5875 or on Facebook, “Deb’s Candy Shoppe.” Gift certificates are available.