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The Ionic Candy Kitchen, 1934

The Ionic Candy Kitchen, 1934

Greek confectioner Gerasimos Pilalis stands behind his scales in the Ionic Candy Kitchen in Cambridge Terrace, Wellington, in 1934. Confectionery and other sweets were all made and sold on the premises. Sweets were displayed in divisions behind glass or in large bottles. People chose how much they would like by weight, and the sweets would be weighed on the scales. Confectioneries stayed open in the evenings and did a roaring trade during intervals of nearby picture theaters. The shop was open from early morning to late at night, and all 10 members of the Pilalis family took turns helping out in the shop.

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Carl Walrond, 'Food shops - Shopping hours', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/25505/the-ionic-candy-kitchen-1934 (accessed 16 December 2019)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 16 Sep 2016