Sweet Renovation by bryce thomas

Schimpff’s Confectionary has been serving up candy and creating memories for over 125 years.

The historic storefront in downtown Jeffersonville celebrated its 125th anniversary in April by unveiling a new vintage-style sign. Soon, however, this family-owned candy shop on Spring Street will be making more major renovations by expanding its walls for the first time in 15 years.

Jill and Warren Schimpff, the fourth-generation owners of Schimpff’s, have run the business since 1990. In 2001, they expanded into the building next door, adding the observation room, the candy museum, and the chocolate dippers’ window.

“We feel that Schimpff’s is an anchor in the community and that this will make the anchor stronger,” Jill Schimpff said.

The Schimpff’s purchased the adjacent building on 345 Spring St. in May 2015, and plan to expand Schimpff’s once again. They intend to utilize the new building by adding additional retail space, as well as room for seating. The family also plans to use the building to house new manufacturing and storage areas.

Owners hope that the expansion will allow them to handle the increased traffic brought on by the Big Four Bridge. The new retail space will allow them to increase the variety of candies offered by the shop.

The expansion is receiving support from community leaders, like Jeffersonville Main Street, the city’s downtown revitalization organization. Jay Ellis, Executive Director of Jeffersonville Main Street, believes the expansion is an exciting prospect for downtown Jeffersonville.

“The expansion of Schimpff’s Confectionery into another building in downtown Jeffersonville is a tribute to the Schimpff family’s 125 year old entrepreneurial spirit,” Ellis said. “We are seeing a resurgence in investment in downtown Jeffersonville by both existing and new businesses, and Schimpff’s Confectionary is showing that historic preservation is economic development.”

Other business in downtown have also shown support for the expansion. Claudia Gatewood, owner of Choices on Spring Street, was excited about the renovation.

“I’ve always considered Jill and Warren to be an anchor on Spring Street,” said Gatewood. “Anything that Schimpff’s does has always been beneficial for the rest of us.”

There is not an exact date for the completion of the renovation, but owners aim to have a new and improved Schimpff’s by the end of 2016.

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Cody Polk

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