The Gnome’s Nook Confectioners is a specialty candy store located in an historic brick building with a bold red-painted entrance at 1078 S. Gaylord Street in Denver, Colorado in the Washington Park area. The store’s marketing catchphrase is “Chocolates, Candies and All Things Gnomes.”
Established in 2010, the store is owned by brother and sister Stephen and Katherine Hostettler who have a passion for both candy and gnomes. The gnomes, of course, come out at night to make the candy while the Hostelttler’s manage the store.
To satisfy your sweet tooth, the Gnome’s Nook offers 200 different kinds of “gnomemade” chocolates, candies, and other treats, including caramels, gummies, jawbreakers, jellies, lollies, sours, gums, rock candies, mints, taffies, sugar-frees, or licorices, chews, taffies. For a special treat try the Belgian chocolate-covered pretzels, sprinkled with sugar crystals.
The interior of the store, designed by Stephen Hostettler, looks like an enchanted forest complete with artificial trees, enchanted landscape murals and gnomes hidden behind moss covered logs. Tree branches make up the stairway railing that lead to the second floor.
For an old-fashioned look, candy is displayed in antique apothecary jars and cabinets, and served to you rolled polka dotted paper sleeves in the shape of a gnome hat.
Upstairs there is a collection of new and old gnomes, gnome books, greeting cards, games, gnome artwork, knitted gnome hats, and gnome jewelry. There is also a Christmas tree with pick your own chocolate ornaments and a beautiful antique armoire filled with a rainbow of candy colors. If you decide to buy a gnome, the store considers it an adoption rather than a purchase.
In addition, small holes drilled into the upstairs floor boards allow children a possible glimpse of the little ladders used by the gnome laborers during their nightly candy-making sessions. “They are there if you believe, and if in your heart you know it is true, and if you do you will find them too!”
Outside the candy store, there is a fenced garden for kids to enjoy games, puppet shows, movie nights and magical birthday parties. The Gnome’s Nook also hosts parties for graduations, summer solstice, spring equinox, and Mayday, as well as arts and crafts workshops for children that teach them to knit, plant a garden, build a gnome house or make candles.
The Gnome’s Nook Confectioners
1078 S. Gaylord St.
Denver, CO 80209