Store gives modern twist to old-fashioned candy store

Jody Branson in front of Polka Dots Greets & Sweets in downtown Gardnerville.
Jody Branson in front of Polka Dots Greets & Sweets in downtown Gardnerville.

Story special to the Carson Valley Times

Downtown  Gardnerville has just become a little  sweeter with the opening of Polka Dots a traditional candy, card and gift  store.  Located in the center of  “boutique row” near the intersection of U.S. 395 and Gilman, the vivid pink door  invites visitors of all ages to step back in time for a classic old-fashioned  candy store experience.

“Visitors can satisfy their sweet tooth with a variety  of mouth-watering candies, featuring the industries most iconic brands and  flavors,” said store owner Jody Branson.   “In addition to candy, shoppers will find trendy gifts and necessities,  traditional children’s toys and a great selection of cards to fit every  occasion.” 

Branson’s vision dates back to 1994  when she opened Fresh Ideas, a gift boutique located next door to Polka  Dots.  “19 years ago, I saw a need  and took the leap,” said Branson.   “It’s been a successful adventure, I’m grateful the community has  embraced us as a go-to for unique gifts and home decor and Fresh Ideas is still  thriving.  The idea with Polka Dots  is similar, the space became available, I think the town needs it, and it will  be a great fit and a nice addition to the neighborhood.” 

Decorated in a pleasing palette of  vibrant colors, with rows of old-fashion candy jars,

Polka Dots is a treat for  the eyes, promising a carefree visit for every shopper.  Their signature products make beautiful  gifts and one-of-a-kind gift baskets can be created for any occasion. 

Candy buffets are the latest trend for parties, weddings  and showers.  The candy can be used  as a dessert station or as gifts for guests, allowing them to choose their  favorite selection with a favor bag.   Polka Dots is a one-stop-shop for your next celebration, traditional candy  jars are available to rent and the vast variety of colored and themed candies  will brighten your event.

For more information call (775) 782-3264 or visit Polka  Dots at 1455B Hwy. 395 N. in Gardnerville.

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