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Cult Candy Shop Sugarfina Arrives at Union Station

The California-based confectioner’s pop-up shop opened April 2

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Assorted candies at a Sugarfina shop.
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Ritzy candy boutique Sugarfina opened a temporary shop inside Union Station on Monday April 2, marking the third area location for the growing brand that counts rosé-flavored gummy bears among its top sellers.

The bright white store located on the mezzanine level carries a lineup of colorful treats wrapped in turquoise candy bento boxes resemble the iconic packaging used by luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. Prices run about $8.50 apiece for the small squares. The upscale candy shop, started by now-engaged entrepreneurs in 2013 in Beverly Hills, has expanded nationwide including existing outposts in Bethesda, Maryland, and McLean, Virginia.

The plan is to operate the Union Station location (50 Massachusetts Avenue NE) as a one-year pop-up for now, boutique manager Tiffini Gillespie tells Eater. Other confectionary brands such as cult cake maker Lady M have used Union Station as a test site in the past.

While Sugarfina’s other area locations carry booze-infused candies, like single malt scotch cordials with 5 percent alcohol, the Union Station location does not.

“We are kid friendly here even though we are for adults,” Gillespie says. Sugarfina’s pretty treats made all over the world (and the U.S.) include chocolate kumquats from Greece, red licorice candies from Finland, and vegan pineapple gummies from France.

Union Station is getting ready to welcome a slew of new food and drink options, like Neapolitan Express pizza, burgeoning chain Blue Bottle Coffee, and Aloha Poke Co. out of Chicago.

The new Sugarfina shop at Union Station.
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC