Owners of the Fannie Rose Building on the 100 block of East Superior Street want to eventually turn the 6,000 square feet of storefront into four dining and retail options, said building co-owner Steve Sola.
Their first move is converting the former Coin and Stamp location into a new candy store by spring 2010.Fannie Rose Candies will sell homemade candies, carmel corn and other treats, Sola said.
The estimated 102-year-old building is undergoing restorations, including renovations to the former Coin and Stamp that occupied the two middle units. Fannie Rose Candies will take one of the middle units and the purpose of the other has yet to be decided, Sola said. Coney Island The Original and Western Union bookend the building, while the entire second level is vacant.
"Duluth really needs this" candy store, said Steve Sola, who also owns Coney Island The Original. "Duluth used to have that in the old days, and we felt it was necessary to add this."
The building’s owners, brothers Steve and Rand Sola and Buffalo Holdings LLC, bought the building between the Fond-du-Luth Casino and the Tech Village in August 2008.
(Check out more details about the restoration in Construction Zone in Business Monday.)