Philly and the Chocolate Factory

In an era when big-box megastores are calling the candy shots, Philly’s renegade chocolatiers are intent on doing it their way. Sweet.

When the Berley brothers opened the door of Shane Confectionery to the public on December 5th, they were opening the door to the past.

What you notice first about Eric and Ryan Berley is their facial hair, which is defiantly out of fashion. The whiskers are an anachronism, and the Berleys are, too. Their new candy shop at the foot of Market Street, in the shadow of the Ben Franklin Bridge, is really an old candy shop—the oldest in the city, selling sweets since 1863. After they bought it in 2010, they meticulously restored it to ornate pre-World War I splendor, from the curved display windows to the turn-of-the-century chandeliers.

Philly and the Chocolate Factory: The Berley Brothers and Shane’s Confectionery [Philadelphia magazine]

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  • Andrew

    Without addressing the merits of this article or the candy shop, these two look like assholes.

  • David G

    They’re not. Incredibly, incredibly nice guys. I’ll take bets on you, though.

  • cleevus

    did Philly mag really say “…facial hair, which is defiantly OUT of fashion…”???? The writer of that should be fired just for being cliche and stupid.

  • barryg

    Ironic, because a couple months ago Philly Mag just did an “article” about the popularity of different beard styles around town.

  • Catherine

    Still love Lore’s the most for Philadelphia chocolates. Dark chocolate lemon creams – yum. wouldn’t go anywhere else.

  • Bob

    Did some holiday shopping there and was shocked to learn that almost everything is being sold by the piece – as opposed to weight. The prices at the old Shane’s were reasonable; the new prices border on the obscene. But then the prices at Franklin Fountain are also obscene. I’ll return to both once I thit the lottery.