|Posted on May 10, 2012 at 4:05 AM|
The daughter of fashion billionaire Ralph Lauren, Dylan Lauren runs Dylan's Candy Bar, a chain of upscale candy stores. When Dylan was 16, her famous father asked her if he could use her first name for a new women's perfume he was planning. "I'm saving my name for something I own," she told her dad. Five years after graduating from Duke, she got her chance after she convinced her father to finance a candy store concept she'd come up with, inspired by her favorite film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. In 2001, Lauren's 15,000-square-foot emporium of gummy bears, lollipops, and chocolates opened on Third Avenue and 60th Street, just a block from Bloomingdale's. She's since expanded to five locations across the U.S. Dylan’s Candy Bar offers more than 5,000 varieties of candies from around the world. Dylan’s Candy Bar on Manhattan’s Upper East Sideis the biggest candy store in the world. Her book, Dylan’s Candy Bar: Unwrap Your Sweet Life, reflects the creative influence of dad Ralph and mom Ricky, and contains everything from candy-entertainingand decorating ideas to candy history to cocktail recipes—including her favorite, a Gummi Bear Martini. Now how many great candy store available in your city or maybe country? We will bet, None! Not many countries have big candy stores with lots of varieties of candy, right?